New Louisiana Law Requires Ten Commandments Displayed in Classrooms

June 20, 2024

If you want to respect the rule of law, you’ve got to start from the original lawgiver, which was Moses.

Louisiana Governor Jeff Landry (R), referring to the law he signed into place on Wednesday requiring a poster-sized display of the Ten Commandments in all public classrooms, ranging from kindergarten to public universities. The posters must be on display in classrooms by the beginning of 2025.

Why It Matters: The law requires the Ten Commandments to be in every Louisiana public classroom, with those in favor of the law describing the Ten Commandments as “foundational documents of our state and national government.” The law marks the first time any U.S. state has required the Ten Commandments to be on display in every public classroom – with similar laws failing to pass in states such as Texas, Oklahoma and Utah. Opponents of the law plan to challenge it in court.

“Even among those who may believe in some version of the Ten Commandments, the particular text that they adhere to can differ by religious denomination or tradition. The government should not be taking sides in this theological debate,” said the American Civil Liberties Union, Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the Freedom from Religion Foundation in a joint statement on Wednesday.

Read More: New law requires all Louisiana public school classrooms to display the Ten Commandments (The Associated Press)

Photo Credit: Gov. Jeff Landry / X

by Emily Hooker, based in Texas