Virginia: Ten Commandments targeted for banishment

Principal orders God's laws yanked from student lockersPosted: February 28, 2011 9:40 pm Eastern

By Bob Unruh © 2011 WorldNetDaily

School officials in a Virginia district have decided that students are not allowed to post copies of the Ten Commandments on their lockers, even though they are allowed to have other types of messages, including "expressions of school spirit, support of activities, birthday well wishes, social causes, and so on."

The result was that last week when members of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes posted copies of the Ten Commandments on their lockers, the principal and an assistant pulled them down immediately.

That, according to officials with Liberty Counsel, reveals a policy that would have to fail because "it would preclude student expression that is religious because it is religious." Liberty Counsel dispatched a letter suggesting – strongly – that the policy and practice be changed.

"While the school district may have certain constraints about how it could display the Ten Commandments as government speech, those do not apply to forums that the school has opened to private speech of students," said the letter, signed by Mary McAlister on behalf of Liberty Counsel, to the district.

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