Major Fight Brewing Over Christian Faith In Schools

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( – Last week, Oklahoma became the latest state to push for biblical teachings to be included in school classrooms, causing many civil liberties groups to oppose lawmakers and argue that they were attempting to use taxpayers’ money to evangelize students. 

Americans United for Separation of Church and State CEO and president Rachel Laser argued in a statement that all of these strategies were looking to assert Christian privilege in the country and fight against the efforts to push democracy towards equality. She added that this is a backlash for all the progress that has been made by society towards equality for women, the LGBTQ+ community, and racial minorities. 

In the past few years, Republican states have pushed forward policies that would bring Christianity into school classrooms. Such laws have been pushed forward in Florida and Texas, where schools have been given the ability to employ chaplains who are aiming to serve in mental health roles. 

In Louisiana, the newest law mandates that the Ten Commandments need to be added in every public school classroom in the form of posters. The posters should also include three paragraphs that are focused on how the Judeo-Christian teachings had affected the founding of the country.

Louisiana Gov. Jeff Landry (R), in his statement, argued that in the place where the Supreme Court meets, they have the Ten Commandments posted. He added that the majority of laws in the country are founded on the Ten Commandments and questioned what the problem with having them posted would be. 

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