A state legislator from Alabama has proposed a bill that would have public schools in that state displaying the Ten Commandments. And he’s apparently not very happy to be asked questions about it, as Raw Story found out when they called him and asked if other religious documents would be allowed as well.
Alabama State Rep. DuWayne Bridges proposed an amendment to the state’s constitution on Monday that would allow public schools and other state properties to display the Ten Commandments from the Old Testament of the Christian Bible. When Raw Story telephoned the legislator to ask if similar efforts would be made to display Judaic and Islamic documents, Bridges became angry and hung up…
When asked about conflicts with the First Amendment in HB 45, Rep. Bridges said, “Well, that’s not the way I feel. I’ve had it checked out and it won’t just be the Ten Commandments, if that’s what you’re referring to. There’ll be historical documents with it.”Bridges said that the Biblical scripture would appear alongside the Bill of Rights and the U.S. Constitution.
Bridges became agitated after being asked whether there be any effort made to include other religions, such as the Judaic Torah or the Islamic Koran.
“No, no, you’re wrong. Our country wasn’t founded on the Koran nor anything else! It was founded on godly principles, so that’s what you need to put in there, thank you.” He then abruptly hung up.
The Supreme Court has already ruled on this. You can’t display the Ten Commandments in schools. If Bridges knows that, he clearly doesn’t care. But at least he admits that the goal is to put “godly principles” into schools. That will help in the inevitable lawsuit.