Ten commandments bill passes in Tennessee

A bill has passed in Tennessee that allows public buildings (like public schools) to hang copies of the ten commandments.  The excuse is that it’s a historical document.  *head desk*

It’s all-but-certain to get struck down in court.  Hemant says it almost perfectly when he says…

They don’t belong there because we’ve never taken our legal cues from the Commandments. Only two of the Commandments are enshrined in our laws and, even then, it’s not like everyone was ok with killing and stealing until the Ten Commandments came along and people suddenly realized they were bad ideas. At least half of the Commandments have absolutely no business in a public school, much less an elementary school.

This community cares nothing about its children because they would rather throw taxpayer money toward fighting an unnecessary legal battle instead of spending it on the children in the district. It’s irresponsible and selfish. Residents should be ashamed of their elected officials. (Also, how many of these residents and community leaders do you think can even recite the Ten Commandments?)

I say “almost perfectly” because I think he’s wrong on one thing: the parents and adults in this community do care about the kids.  That speaks greatly to why religion is such a horrible thing.  It has convinced caring adults that these kids need to know about keeping the Sabbath and having no other gods and making no graven images more than they need money for education.

This is how religion makes villains of caring people.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.


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