School Board Member Thinks Putting Up Ten Commandments Will Keep Board In Line
Edward Lilly, a retiring board member New York State’s Lewiston-Porter school district, wants to get religious displays in the district’s four schools before his term is up. He says “it’s not a religious thing.”
“I think placing the Ten Commandments in each of our buildings will keep the board from doing things they have done in the past,” said Lilly, who has less than one month left in his term.
The board wants to waste its time looking into this, when the Supreme Court has already ruled that displaying the Ten Commandments is “purely religious.”
School Superintendent R. Chris Roser also said he has concerns about displaying a religious text on school grounds. By including something from one religion, any other religion must be given the opportunity to be represented on school grounds, as well – no matter how extreme, he said.
In December 2007, for instance, a couple who objected to a Nativity scene being put up outside Olean City Hall put up a Wiccan pentacle beside it. That situation riled tempers and pitted friends against friends, and the Nativity scene was moved down the street from City Hall to the front of a Baptist church.
Once again we get into the government deciding which religions are acceptable. Once again, we have community elders thinking that displaying a religious symbol of their choosing is going to put people on the straight and narrow. When will they learn?Click here for reuse options!
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