Louisiana Mandates Ten Commandments Displays in Public School Classrooms

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A copy of the Ten Commandments is posted along with other historical documents in a hallway at the Georgia State Capitol Building Thursday, June 20, 2024, in Atlanta. Louisiana has become the first state in the country to require the Ten Commandments are are displayed in all public schoools. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
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Louisiana has become the first state to mandate the display of the Ten Commandments in every public school classroom, a move supported by the Republican-controlled Legislature under a new conservative governor.

The law, signed by Republican Governor Jeff Landry, requires a poster-sized display of the Ten Commandments in large, easily readable font across all public classrooms, from kindergarten through state-funded universities.

Governor Landry asserted that “to respect the rule of law, you’ve got to start from the original lawgiver, which was Moses.”

Opponents question the law’s constitutionality and plan to challenge it in court. The mandated posters must be displayed by 2025.


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