Ky. County Removes Commandments from Schools

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School officials in Breathitt County, Ky., are removing Ten Commandments displays from all high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools.

They made the decision after receiving a complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

"These Ten Commandment displays are a flagrant violation of the Establishment Clause of the United States Constitution," FFRF attorney Patrick Elliott wrote in a letter to the school district. "Any student will view a Ten Commandments display in school as being endorsed by the school."

"Breathitt County Schools' promotion of the Judeo-Christian Bible and religion over non-religion impermissibly turns any non-Christian or non-believing student, parent or staff member into an outsider," he charged.

Meanwhile, some county residents are outraged by the move.

"I am totally against their removal," Mary Campbell, owner of Old Country Restaurant, told television station WYMT-TV. "I think that we need the Ten Commandments in the schools. I think all kids should learn it."

"It makes me angry," another resident said. "I want my grandchildren to have a Christian upbringing."

However, the Kentucky Board of Education backed the removal of the commandments, saying in a statement that the display of religious materials in public schools violates the U.S. Constitution. They said the department's focus should be on student achievement and college and career readiness

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