The Problem with the Texas Lege trying to turn public classrooms into mini-churches is that...
Update: the bill that would have required Texas public schools to display the 10 Commandments in every classroom has failed. Good. Shows that Republicans are not serious people but just want to rile up ignorant people who don't understand separation of church and state
1. Not everyone is a christian. The bill to put the 10 commandments in every school, in every classroom, is nonsense.DMN
Cantor Sheri Allen, of Fort Worth’s Makom Shelanu Congregation, said the confluence of bills is concerning and could make non-Christian children feel ostracized.
“It’s telling a kid, ‘My version of what my religion looks like is better than yours. It’s endorsed by schools, which makes yours inferior,’” she said. “It shifts this balance of respect and equality and equity, making one religion dominant over others. It’s not supposed to be the way this country works.”
2. Not everyone wants their children to be indoctrinated by fairy tales
3. What they want to do is unconstitutional both from the US constitution and the Texas constitution
4. Which version would they use? Because there's more than 1 ! Hah, and the version in the bible actually CALLED the Ten Commandments says stuff like to celebrate the festival of unleaved bread and not to cook a young goat in its mother's mile, Exodus 34:27 GO READ THEM, think this will be the version they want to put in all the schools?
First, if we take the Bible just as it is, without splitting up its texts or rearranging them in a different order as some scholars do (including me, at times), we find three versions of the Ten Commandments. The two best known are in Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 5. They are not identical but contain the famous rules we normally associate with the Ten Commandments.
The third comes in Exodus 34 with rules like these: “you shall keep the feast of unleavened bread,” “you shall redeem every firstborn son,” and “you shall not boil a goat in its mother’s milk.” Interestingly enough, this list of rules is specifically designated as “the Ten Commandments” (in verse 28), whereas the other two lists are not.
So, which list counts as the Ten Commandments? “We” — the readers of the Bible — are the ones who have decided this. Almost every plaque or monument that you see follows (never quite exactly) the list in Exodus 20, but this is a decision that we made. What we call the Ten Commandments is our own distillation of these biblical passages. We decided to ignore the list in Exodus 34, follow the list in Exodus 20, and even abbreviate the wording of some rules.
Second, the Ten Commandments of the Bible show up in the middle of a story. This is true for all three versions. That story is about the creation of a pact between God and the ancient Israelites. The commandments are part of the terms of the pact and were meant to reinforce the Israelites’ exclusive devotion to God. They were not meant for everyone. When we display them today, we’re saying that they are for everyone. We’re giving them a purpose very different from their original intent.
4. Spending a lot of taxpayer money over this nonsense. Let people who want to be indoctrinated by a religion GO TO CHURCH
Adding that every parent has an obligation to teach their children not only what the truth is but how to respond to these types of wrong efforts.
Ironic that these faux religious fanatics want to put up ONE particular set of rules to tell children what to do but won't do anything realistic about gun control. And have a governor, Greg Abbott, that wants to pardon a murderer. who specifically planned to go to the Austin protest to murder protesters and Muslims. (And also sought chats to meet young girls"-does this make Greg Abbott on the side of groomers?)
P.S. Side note about those "In God We Trust" posters going into schools and ONLY ones written in English. Do you know who pushed that bill? Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola). Oh, yeah, the one that had a complaint about him trying to have sex with a Texas Capitol intern.
A Capitol staffer alleged in an internal complaint that state Rep. Bryan Slaton, R-Royse City, had “sexual relations” with an intern two weeks ago.
The new details of the allegation come from the complaint filed by a legislative staffer to the House General Investigating Committee. Earlier this week, The Texas Tribune reviewed excerpts of the complaint, which alleged that Slaton, 45, was having an “inappropriate relationship” with an intern who is under the age of 21. The complaint said Slaton called her after 10 p.m. on March 31 and invited her to his Austin apartment.
A full version of the complaint, first posted on The Quorum Report, states the intern disclosed that she had sexual relations with Slaton that night.
Because, you know, having a super special In God We Trust poster has been SO helpful to Hughes. hah.
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