Monday, March 7, 2011

10 Commandments Removed From Virigina School In Face Of Lawsuit

A school board in Virginia is weighing its options and seeking legal help in the wake of a controversy over the posting of the Ten Commandments in schools.

The Ten Commandments were first posted on the walls of Giles Gounty Schools in 1999, but were removed this past December following an anonymous complaint. A month ago the school board voted unanimously to re-post the Commandments, but has now decided to take them down again.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has announced it has two families willing to file suit against the district to remove the biblical texts. The school board has sought legal advice from Mat Staver and Liberty Counsel.

"One of the things that I think they're able to do is to be able to appropriately display the Ten Commandments in the right context, at the right time, in the right manner,” Staver explains, “because of its historical nature and the fact that it has a very strong and very significant educational component."

While the Liberty Counsel founder will not divulge the advice his firm gave the board, he points out the U.S. Supreme Court has never indicated the Ten Commandments are impermissible in all circumstances.

“Indeed they can be posted in the right context,” he affirms, “and indeed they have been upheld in many situations at both the lower courts and at the federal courts of appeals as well."

Staver says the school board is currently weighing all its options, and assures that Liberty Counsel will stand behind the board all the way.

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