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June 20, 2024 11:31 AM UTC

Colorado Republicans Love Them Some Ten Commandments

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  • by: Colorado Pols

As the Washington Post’s Anumita Kaur reports, the state of Louisiana has struck another culture-war blow against the separation of church and state, with a new law requiring the Biblical Ten Commandments to be posted in every public school classroom:

Gov. Jeff Landry (R) signed legislation Wednesday requiring every public classroom in Louisiana to display the Ten Commandments, becoming the first state with such a law and inflaming tensions over the separation between church and state.

“This bill mandates the display of the Ten Commandments in every classroom — public elementary, secondary and post-education schools — in the state of Louisiana, because if you want to respect the rule of law, you’ve got to start from the original lawgiver, which was Moses,” Landry said at a bill-signing ceremony.

Critics vowed to challenge the law in court, calling it unconstitutional and warning that it will lead to religious coercion of students…

A law requiring the display of the Ten Commandments in every public school classroom, not just a monument outside a courthouse, certainly sounds like an unconstitutional “establishment of religion” proscribed by the First Amendment, and before the advent of the 6-3 Trump Supreme Court majority there’s little question as to what would have been this law’s fate. In today’s post-Roe reality where no assumption of binding judicial precedent appears safe, what would have been clearly unconstitutional just a decade ago must now be seriously considered.

Although the public display of the Ten Commandments hasn’t debated as much in recent years in Colorado owing mostly to overwhelming Democratic control of the legislature and executive branch, much like Colorado GOP chairman Dave “Let’s Go Brandon” Williams’ attention-seeking malice against LGBTQ+ people, there’s more support for pushing religion in Colorado public schools than polite Republicans care to admit. A Ten Commandments Monument outside the Colorado Capitol survived challenges all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court in the 1990s. In 2011, our friend and media critic Jason Salzman reported on the widespread Republican support for publicly displaying the Ten Commandments with taxpayer dollars, non-Shabbat honorers and non-Judeo-Christian idolaters be damned:

During the 2010 primary U.S. Sen. candidate Ken Buck, U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, State Sen. Ken Lambert (SD 9), State Sen. Kevin Grantham (SD 2), Rep. Mark Barker (HD 17), Rep. Jon Becker (HD 63), Rep. Ray Scott (HD 54), and Rep. Libby Szabo (HD 27) apparently filled out a survey from the Christian Family Alliance indicating that they support “public posting of 10 Commandments.”

The ACLU has already announced their intention to sue to prevent the law from taking effect, setting up the court challenge that was the whole purpose of Gov. Jeff Landry signing the bill. For Colorado conservatives, it’s a case of wishing they had the power to “push the envelope” in the culture wars. And for a majority of Colorado voters, it’s another opportunity to feel fortunate they do not.

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8 thoughts on “Colorado Republicans Love Them Some Ten Commandments

  1. Ah good, more BS from the lovers of the goatherders' guide to the galaxy.  Bronze-age mythology is no basis for a system of education or governance.  But it is Louisiana, so here we are

    1. You win the internets, Spaceman: 

      goatherders' guide to the galaxy

      You'd think these originalisys would at least post these in English-speaking White Jesus' native language, Hebrew.  Maybe post the Beatitudes next to them for those who are confused about the spirit of the gospel? 

  2. Borowitz FTW:

    Louisiana Orders Classrooms To Display All Ten Commandments That Trump Has Broken

    BATON ROUGE (The Borowitz Report)—The Republican governor of Louisiana signed a new law on Wednesday requiring every classroom in the state to display a poster listing all Ten Commandments that Donald J. Trump has broken.

    Governor Jeff Landry said the poster would enable students “to keep track of how many Commandments they have broken so they can better follow Trump’s example.”

    “At the end of each year, teachers will issue a report card indicating which Commandments the students have broken and which they have not,” the governor said. “If they have not broken all ten, they will be required to repeat the grade.”

    “We want Louisiana's students to grow up to be productive felons," he added.

    Critics, however, said the law would give some students an unfair advantage, since children of Republican officials start learning how to break the Ten Commandments almost from birth.

    1. The problem is that when it reaches SCOTUS, we're going to get a 5-4 decision written by Samuel Martha Ann Alito which will read like "An Appeal to God." SCOTUS will overrule decades of church-state precedent.

      Thank you, Ralph Nader, Jill Stein, Mitch McConnell, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg for giving us this.

  3. The gays have an agenda… Get your kids out of school!

    Republicans show they are Christian Nationalist with an agenda… 

    Look what happened in DougCo with a conservative school board. There is nothing conservative other than their religious beliefs. They plan on dumping your tax money into their agenda… To make you fear their god. 

     

     

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