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Why the Ten Commandments Belong in Public School Classrooms


Public schools are, frankly, a disaster in America. They’ve traded true education — which is moral formation and built on transcendental truths — for progressive indoctrination. Louisiana’s law exposing young minds to the most perfect law ever given to mankind is just a tiny bit of pushback on that.

The liberals are in quite an uproar over a new law in Louisiana that will require the Ten Commandments to be displayed in public school classrooms. After all, how dare the state require a bit of old-fashioned morality in schools?  It’s not like the Ten Commandments are the foundation of Western civilization or anything. Oh, wait.

Passed with veto-proof majorities in both the Louisiana State House and State Senate, and signed by Gov. Jeff Landry, R, the new law mandates that by January 1, 2025, every public school classroom in Louisiana must display the Ten Commandments. The law specifies that they should be on a poster or framed document, measuring at least 11 inches by 14 inches, with the text printed in a large, easily readable font.

Horrifying, I know.

Some are calling this religious “indoctrination.” As if requiring students to use their “preferred pronouns” and hanging the gay pride flag and BLM “power” flags in the classrooms isn’t indoctrination?

In all seriousness, this is a great law and Christians should support it. Yes, it’s going to be challenged in the courts. NBC reports that “Nine Louisiana families filed a federal lawsuit Monday against their state’s education department and their local school boards challenging the constitutionality of a radical new law requiring that the Ten Commandments be displayed in public school classrooms.”

Radical? If displaying the Ten Commandments is radical but teaching kids about sodomy isn’t, then America has truly lost her way.

What’s really happening here? Well, in an era where moral relativism and anti-Christian sentiment seem to reign supreme, Louisiana has taken a bold stance to reaffirm the ethical foundations that have long underpinned American society. The recent law requiring the display of the Ten Commandments in public school classrooms is not, as some critics claim, an unconstitutional imposition of religion. Rather, it is a return to the moral bedrock upon which our great nation was built.

The Ten Commandments, given by God to Moses on Mount Sinai, have served as a cornerstone of Western civilization for millennia. These divine precepts offer timeless wisdom that transcends religious boundaries, providing a universal ethical framework that benefits all members of society, regardless of their personal beliefs.

As the Book of Proverbs reminds us, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding” (Proverbs 9:10).

By displaying the Ten Commandments in our classrooms, Louisiana is not forcing religion upon our children but rather exposing them to the wisdom that has shaped the moral fabric of our nation since its inception.

Our founding fathers understood the crucial role of biblical principles in fostering a virtuous and prosperous society.

John Adams, our second president, declared, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” Adams recognized that the success of the American experiment hinged upon the moral character of its citizens — a character shaped by Christian values.

Similarly, George Washington emphasized the importance of religion and morality in his Farewell Address, stating, “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.”

By placing the Ten Commandments in our classrooms, we are honoring Washington’s vision and ensuring that future generations understand the moral underpinnings of our democratic system.

Critics may argue that this law violates the principle of separation of church and state. They are wrong. This position misinterprets both the intent of the Founders and the nature of the Ten Commandments themselves. The First Amendment was designed to prevent the establishment of a state religion, not to create a sterile public square devoid of any religious influence.

Furthermore, as I like to say, “God’s Law is good, actually.” Prohibitions against murder, theft, adultery, and false testimony are foundational to any functioning society. By displaying these commandments, we are reinforcing the ethical standards that all citizens, regardless of faith, should aspire to uphold.

In Deuteronomy 6:7, God instructs His people regarding His commandments: “Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”

This passage underscores the importance of continually exposing young minds to these timeless truths. What better way to do that in America (again) than by putting the most perfect law ever given to mankind on the classroom walls?

In conclusion, Louisiana’s decision to require the display of the Ten Commandments in public school classrooms is not only constitutional but also profoundly beneficial for our society. It honors our nation’s religious heritage, reinforces universal ethical principles, and provides students with a moral compass to navigate the challenges of the modern world.

Public schools are, frankly, a disaster in America. They’ve traded true education — which is moral formation and built on transcendental truths — for progressive indoctrination. This law is just a tiny bit of pushback on that. And with that tiny pushback, progressives are losing their minds.

To that, I say, hang on: We are just getting started.

What we really need is to get the pride flag out of every classroom in America and put the entire Bible — not just the Ten Commandments — back in.

As seen in this article, many K-12 schools now embrace the secular woke agenda and are hostile to Christian beliefs and parental rights. Fortunately, parents don’t have to settle for this. Liberty University Online Academy is a K-12 program designed to educate your children in the ways of the Lord while preparing them to stand firm in their faith when they graduate. Our flexible online curriculum ensures that your student is trained at your convenience and keeps YOU the ultimate educator of your children.

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