Ten Commandments display sparks controversy at Virginia high school

Recommended by Alicia Purdy

For the Deseret News

Published: Tuesday, May 8 2012 11:04 a.m. MDT

Our take: The Ten Commandments are under fire in Virginia as the American Civil Liberties Union files a lawsuit against a school district for displaying the Commandments in a local high school. While the ACLU argues for religious equality and wants to remove any indication of government-endorsed religion, the school district says the display is not in violation of any laws. One suggestion during discussions was to remove any commandments that mention God and only keep the ones that didn't specifically refer to God.

The Ten Commandments is at the center of yet another heated debate. This time, the Virginia chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is taking a local school district to task over the display of the Commandments inside of Narrows High School in Narrows, Virginia.

Similar to the case over a prayer mural in Cranston, Rhode Island, the ACLU filed a lawsuit on behalf of a student (who, along with his or her family will remain anonymous, as per a judges order) who wants to see the display removed. The basis of the complaint is familiar: The presence, those opposed to it contend, illustrates a government endorsement of religion and is, thus, unconstitutional.

The Giles County School District, of which Narrows High School is a part, is being represented by Liberty Counsel, a Christian non-profit law group that is claiming that the presence of the display is, in fact, perfectly legal. The debate over the presence of the Ten Commandments began back in 2010 when the Freedom From Religion Foundation first received complaints about it. Inevitably, the ACLU got involved.

Read more about the battle for the Ten Commandments at TheBlaze.

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