By Kasey Jachim
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has signed an amended “historical display” law that will allow America’s founding documents as well as the Ten Commandments and the Magna Carta to be posted at schools and other government buildings in addition to the courthouses as the original bill allowed.
The new amended law allows the “Foundations of American Law & Government Display” to be publicly displayed in “all public buildings.”
The display includes the following documents:
- The Ten Commandments
- The Mayflower Compact, 1620
- The Declaration of Independence
- Magna Carta
- ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ by Francis Scott Key
- The National Motto: “In God We Trust”
- The Preamble to the Georgia Constitution
- The Bill of Rights of the United States Constitution
- The description on the image of Lady Justice
From Godfather Politics:
Over the past couple of decades, atheists and liberal legals like the ACLU have been systematically forcing the removal of the Ten Commandments from government buildings including public schools. They’ve used the premise of a supposed separation of church and state to rid the hallowed halls of government and education of the laws that God gave Moses on Mt Horeb (Sinai).
However, Christians and conservatives have learned from the court rulings that yanked the nails holding up the displays of the Ten Commandments out of the walls. The courts said that the Ten Commandments could not be displayed alone in schools or government buildings because it represented a religion, but if it was displayed with other documents as part of the historical display, then it was legal to do so.
In 2006, the Georgia legislature passed The Foundations of America Law and Government bill that would allow a display of historical documents in courthouses. The displays consisted of the Declaration of Independence, the National Motto, the Preamble of the Georgia State Constitution, the Bill of Rights, The Mayflower Compact, Magna Carta, a description of Lady Justice and the Ten Commandments.
The bill was challenged in court and was ruled to be a legal display since it contained various documents of historical significance and not a religious display. Since the The Foundations of America Law and Government bill stood up in court, the state legislature amended the 2006 law to expand the displays from the courthouses to all government buildings which includes schools and even prisons. Georgia Governor Nathan Deal readily signed the newly amended bill.
The one provision of the bill is that the display cannot be purchased with government funds, they must be privately paid for and then donated to the respectful building or institution for display.
I would hope and pray that every other state in the country would follow Georgia’s example and pass similar pieces of legislation in their states so that private concerned citizens can work towards getting similar displays up in every school and courthouse in the land.
This is yet another step toward states’ rights and conservatives’ rights to free speech – way to go Governor Deal – I only hope Virginia will soon follow suit!
- Shutting Down Christianity One Commandment at a Time (ConservativeActionAlerts.com)
- Judge Takes a Chisel to the Ten Commandments (trinityspeaks.wordpress.com)
- TN: In Tenn., questions revived over Ten Commandments displays (usatoday.com)