Alabama House Overwhelmingly Approves Bill That Will Put Ten Commandments Displays in Public Schools

Last week, we learned that Alabama State Rep. Duwayne Bridges (R, obviously) was sponsoring a bill that would allow public display of the Ten Commandments:

House Bill 45 would amend the state Constitution to say:

Property belonging to the state may be used to display the Ten Commandments, and the right of a public school and public body to display the Ten Commandments on property owned or administrated by a public school or public body in this state is not restrained or abridged. The civil and political rights, privileges, and capacities of no person shall be diminished or enlarged on account of his or her religious belief. No public funds may be expended in defense of the constitutionality of this amendment.

The Ten Commandments shall be displayed in a manner that complies with constitutional requirements, including, but not limited to, being intermingled with historical or educational items, or both, in a larger display within or on property owned or administrated by a public school or public body.

The legality of these displays is sure to be questioned now that the House has voted overwhelmingly in favor of the change:

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Texas Attorney General Candidate Thinks His Moment of Silence Bill Made it Possible for Kids to Pray in School

Here’s how good it is to be Dan Branch: You can run for Attorney General of Texas while running a campaign ad in which you tout your role in passing a mandatory moment of silence bill which you even admit is all about “… our faith and our relationship with The Almighty.” In other words, the potential legal advisor to the state passed a law that, one could argue, is unconstitutional.



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Alaska May Alter Its Constitution to Allow Taxpayers to Fund Religious Schools

If Alaskan Republicans get their way, then taxpayers will soon be footing the bill for students who attend religious schools.

As it stands, the state’s Constitution forbids that. Article 7, Section 1 states:

No money shall be paid from public funds for the direct benefit of any religious or other private educational institution.

But Reps. Wes Keller, Lora Reinbold, Bob Lynn, and Bill Stoltze are attempting to eliminate that line altogether with House Joint Resolution 1:



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Congressman Rush Holt, Science Advocate and Darwin Day Enthusiast, Will Not Run for Re-Election

We’re losing one of the good ones.

Rep. Rush Holt, a Democrat from New Jersey, announced yesterday that he won’t be running for re-election later this year:



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Candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Texas Wants You to Vote for Him Because… Jesus

State Senator Dan Patrick, a radio talk show host from Houston, is currently running for Lieutenant Governor of Texas. He already voiced his support for teaching Creationism in science classes during a televised debate last December, where he added, “The breakup of the family in this country has started when we took God out of the classroom.”

Now, his latest campaign ad educates voters on what really matters: His record. His policies. His platform. God.



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