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Republicans Are Betting on Religion


Louisiana became the first American state to mandate that the Ten Commandments of the Bible be displayed prominently and in large letters in every classroom.
The conservation law was signed into law by Louisiana Gov. Jeff Landry, a Republican, on Wednesday. The text of the law calls the commandments “a document of fundamental importance to our state and the authorities of the country.”
“If you want to respect the rule of law, then you have to start with the one who gave the original law, that is, with Moses,” the governor said at the signing.
The new law not only requires that the text of the Ten Old Testament Commandments be displayed in classrooms, but also specifies what it should look like: the commandments must be central, printed in large, easy-to-read font, and the poster must be no smaller than 11 by 14 inches ( 28 by 35.5 cm).
In addition, the text of the Decalogue must be accompanied by a four-paragraph explanation stating that the biblical commandments have been an important part of the public education system in the United States for almost three centuries.
The order to display the commandments applies to schools and other educational institutions funded by the state of Louisiana; the state authorities did not impose their will on private schools.
Similar bills have recently been introduced by Republicans in several other states where they are in power, including Texas, Oklahoma and Utah.
The American press suggests that this law will be challenged by human rights organizations who believe that it contradicts the principle of separation of church and state enshrined in the First Amendment to the US Constitution.


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