Here in Virginia, a county school board recently voted to provisionally remove a Ten Commandments display at a public high school, substituting a page from a history textbook. The Board for Giles County Public Schools made the decision because a lawsuit against the American Law and Government display is underway.
Our friends at Liberty Counsel say the page being used depicts the “Roots of Democracy” and begins with the Ten Commandments stone tablets. The books states, “The values found in the Bible including the Ten Commandments and the teachings of Jesus inspired American ideas about government and morality.” Liberty Counsel says the Virginia Standards of Learning requires students to learn about the foundational principles of civilizations and the foundations of law and government.
“A display on the foundations of American law and government would be incomplete and inaccurate without the Ten Commandments. Any student of history knows this basic truth,” said Mat Staver. He’s absolutely right. But many in our nation want to conceal the importance of the Ten Commandments in the foundation of our law. Remember that John Jay, the first U.S. Chief Justice of the United States, stated, “The Bible is the best of all books, for it is the word of God and teaches us the way to be happy in this world and in the next. Continue therefore to read it and to regulate your life by its precepts.” Those are wise words but they are considered offensive to modern secularists who want to purge such expressions from the public square.