New legislation filed by Alabama State Rep. Duwayne Bridges (R, of course) will allow for the public display of the Ten Commandments… as long as it’s legal, which is always up in the air.
House Bill 45 amends the state Constitution as follows:
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.
So I guess it won’t be long now before public schools in the state get embroiled in court battles over whether the Ten Commandments display on their property is legal or not. Even though the displays won’t be put up with public money, the lawsuits that ensue may indeed take money from these districts. Such a waste of resources…
This is the same state, if you recall, where Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore once installed a giant Ten Commandments monument in the courthouse… only to be removed from office after refusing to remove it, and then getting reelected to the top post nearly a decade later.
(Thanks to Brian for the link)