Louisiana Is The First State To Indoctrinate Students By Requiring The 10 Commandments In Public Schools

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Louisiana Governor Jeff Landry Source: Pacific Press / Getty

Welp, it has happened. The First Amendment of the American Constitution be damned. Louisiana is officially the first state in U.S. history to require by law that the 10 Commandments be displayed in every public school in the state from kindergarten through college. Another way of putting that is that Louisiana is the first state to make it against the law not to practice religious indoctrination in the classroom.

According to the Associated Press, Republican Gov. Jeff Landry signed into law Wednesday the requirement that a poster-sized display of the Ten Commandments in “large, easily readable font” be placed in every single state-funded classroom in the state, and he’s justifying the legislation by lying to the easily lied to and suggesting that the very concept of law was borne through Christianity.

“If you want to respect the rule of law, you’ve got to start from the original lawgiver, which was Moses” who got the commandments from God, Landry said.

As we previously reported, the bill’s sponsor, state Rep. Dodie Horton, claimed prior to the bill’s passing that the Ten Commandments are rooted in legal history and that plastering them all over every public institution of learning in the state would effectively place a “moral code” in the classroom.

Here’s what I wrote about that:

Get TF outta here with this nonsense about the Ten Commandments being “rooted in legal history,” and about the display being about “moral code” and not explicit religious indoctrination. In fact, let’s just take a quick look at this so-called “code.”

First, it’s not really clear what the practical value is of displaying for students biblical instructions not to kill and steal, as it is common knowledge that these are crimes. I suppose it does somewhat justify the “legal history” aspect, but they might as well require classrooms to display the adage, “Play with fire, you will get burned” since we’re creating entire legally-binding bills just to state the obvious.

But beyond that, what’s the “moral” value of instructing students to “have no other Gods before” the chosen Christian God, to “not make unto thee any graven images,” to “not take the name of Lord thy God in vain,” and to “remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy?” What does any of that have to do with the “moral code” of someone who is not a worshiper of the Christian faith?

The Louisiana GOP could have found sound moral advice from the texts of a myriad of religious and/or spiritual groups, but they chose the doctrine of their preferred religion—America’s most dominant religion—and a list of rules, nearly half of which can’t really be applied to non-Cristians. That’s not about morals, it’s about forced proselytizing in public schools.

Lies upon lies upon lies upon lies

But Republicans only consider it “indoctrination” when conservatives are uncomfortable. When schools are teaching gender studies and about different sexualities, which could only result in an easier, safer, more socially normalized and accepted life for members of the LGBTQIA+ community, that’s “indoctrination.” When educators are giving lessons on Black history that haven’t been put through the American jingoist whitewashing machine to placate the white and eternally fragile, that’s “indoctrination.” The very concept of systemic racism is “indoctrination” no matter how much data exists to substantiate it, but explicit reinforcement of what is already the nation’s most dominant religion under penalty of law is not, according to the Louisiana GOP.
In fact, the law, which the governor signed at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School in Lafayette, the Ten Commandments are “foundational documents of our state and national government,” which they are not. The law also requires that the religious text be displayed along with a four-paragraph “context statement” describing how the Commandments “were a prominent part of American public education for almost three centuries,” which, even if true, would only mean they had something in common with slavery and legalized second-class citizenship for non-white people and women. (But “Make America great again,” amitrite?)
Anyway, now that this Christian law that violates the actual founding documents of American and flirts with fascism, is officially on the books, many legal experts agree that all Louisiana officials have done is open up the floodgates (that can’t be parted by Moses) to legal challenges revolving around the constitutionality of it all.
From AP:

The law prevents students from getting an equal education and will keep children who have different beliefs from feeling safe at school, the American Civil Liberties Union, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and the Freedom from Religion Foundation said in a joint statement Wednesday afternoon.

“Even among those who may believe in some version of the Ten Commandments, the particular text that they adhere to can differ by religious denomination or tradition. The government should not be taking sides in this theological debate,” the groups said.

Legal battles over the display of the Ten Commandments in classrooms are not new.

In 1980, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a similar Kentucky law was unconstitutional and violated the establishment clause of the U.S. Constitution, which says Congress can “make no law respecting an establishment of religion.” The high court found that the law had no secular purpose but rather served a plainly religious purpose.

More to come….

It’s worth noting that other red states such as Texas, Oklahoma and Utah—all states where Republicans have argued some variation of “woke ideology indoctrinates students”have proposed similar bills to require the display of the 10 Commandments. Indoctrination isn’t the problem—it just needs to be the right kind of indoctrination. This is the message GOP hypocrites are sending, and there’s nothing “moral” about that.

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