The Ten Commandments Should Be Allowed In Schools

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In today’s society of “political correctness”, many issues arise between the interests of the many interests groups of the nation. One of the issues that continue to generate heated debate is the displaying of the Ten Commandments and other religious documents on government property. The issue of the Ten Commandments is one of the most heated discussions on the local and national stage today. Although there are many groups and individuals opposed to the displaying of the Ten Commandments and other religious objects as a violation against the separation of church and state and against the 1st amendment which is freedom of religion, the question asked by many others is; should religious objects including the Ten Commandments be permissible on government property? The answer is, yes, it should be. By law, according to history, and first amendment rights not being violated, the simple legality of the issue is without a doubt, a non-debatable issue.
It is a permissible act of having the Ten Commandments and other religious objects on government property as long as it does not prove hostile or offensive toward anyone. It is not an endorsement of the Ten Commandments as being an “authoritative” document but rather an acceptance of the document as being a “guide map” or basis for many of the laws and issues in our present day society. The displaying of the Commandments is not intended as hostile but rather an acknowledgement that these requests, especially the last five Commandments, should be followed and used as a basis for law between men. With this issue being debated locally and nationally, and with the legal action that has been taken, it is still a very hotly debated issue, even after Supreme Court rulings and interpretations, making this issue seemingly impossible to be put to rest. Just recently, the Giles County School Board in Virginia was forced to remove the Ten Commandments from their schools after two individuals complained to the American Civil Liberties Union. The Commandments had been quietly posted following the Columbine shootings in 1999. (Sieff) In December of 2010, they were removed when the issue was raised by county residents as forcing the Commandments on individuals and an endorsement of one religion or religion in general. Further legal consultation recommended that they be removed from the schools. (Sieff)
According to interpretation, legally there is no law in the United States Constitution that prohibits anything against the Ten Commandments being displayed on government property. Opponents of the Ten Commandments argue that the U.S. Constitution speaks of a “separation of church and state” and that no one religion will be placed above or endorsed as a the official religion of the United States. It should be noted that the “separation of church and state” is not written into law on a federal level but rather stated. The first written example of this concept was in the colony of Maryland in 1634....

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