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WHY should the Ten Commandments be in Public SchoolsThe Ten Commandments are a basic set of divine laws in the bible the Ten Commandments form the fundamental ethical code of Judaism Christianity and Islam According to the biblical narrative God gave the commandments to Moses on Mt Sinai and inscribed them on two stone tablets and enshrined them into t he Arc of Covenant Two slightly different versions of the commandments are found in Exodus 201-17 and Deut 56-21 State legislatures nationwide are considering legislation intended to promote the posting of the Ten Commandments in public schools or other public buildings a dangerous trend criticized for separation of church and state Currently the Ten Commandments legislation is under construction in 11 states and has made progress in three In Indiana the state senate passed a law that authorizes the display of the Ten Commandments on property owned by the state In South Dakota the state senate passed a bill that empowers school districts to permit school teachers and administrators to post the ten commandments and in Colorado the state senate is considering the American Moral Heritage Act which mandates silent prayer before the school day and the posting of the ten commandments in the main entry way of every public school The posting of the Ten Commandments in schools in schools is unconstitutional in 1980 the Supreme Court ruled that church-state separation forbids public schools to post the Ten Commandments The American society is in need of moral guidance but forcing the religion that corresponds to the Ten Commandments on school age children is not the answer The government display of religious codes is a bad idea because the constitution mandates the separation of church and state the Supreme Court and lower courts have settled the issue and there is no standard version of the Ten Commandments The constitution mandates the separation of church and state the government is forbidden to meddle in matters
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