Published On: Fri, Apr 12th, 2013

Kentucky public school caves to demands of Atheist group, removes Ten Commandments

The Breathitt County School District in Kentucky has removed the long-standing Ten Commandments displays in local public schools.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent the Breathitt County school district a letter stating any display of the Ten Commandments must be removed. The group claimed they received a letter stating someone complained about multiple illegal Ten Commandment displays.

The Ten Commandments are no longer on display in one Kentucky school district after an atheist group led an opposition

The Ten Commandments are no longer on display in one Kentucky school district after an atheist group led an opposition

The letter says the displays were in many rooms at the high school, middle school and some elementary schools, adding that the Ten Commandments were hanging for many years.

School officials took down the displays this week.

Mary Campbell used to have her own Ten Commandment display in the window of her restaurant. She said she believes schools should also be allowed to show them.

“I am totally against it. I think that we need the Ten Commandments in the schools. I think all kids should learn it. It is everybody’s choice what they believe,” said Campbell.

Kentucky Board of Education officials also released this statement:

“The display of religious materials, such as a painting of a religious figure or a copy of the Ten Commandments, in a public school violates the U.S. Constitution’s prohibition on the establishment or endorsement of religion by a public agency. A school or district that displays copies of the Ten Commandments without the inclusion of other historical documents and not as part of a historical/comparative display is in violation of the U.S. Constitution. See the U.S. Supreme Court’s holding on this issue in Stone v. Graham, 449 U.S. 39, 101 S.Ct. 192 (1980). The Kentucky Department of Education’s focus in Breathitt County is on student achievement and college and career readiness and using its resources to support those efforts.”

School officials say they are complying with the request.

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  1. matt says:


    Constitution 1 Religion 0

  2. Sam says:

    Why can’t the Ten Commandments be posted in a school? a library? a courthouse? Why is there existence so offensive? I’m doubt the school is mandated an Old Testament style of “Law and Order” just by having them posted somewhere.

    • Kenton Forshee says:

      What is “offensive” about it is that we live in a country where people are free to believe, or not believe, in whatever religion they prefer. As long as we don’t have any one religion being given preferential treatment over all the others then we have freedom of religion. Displaying the Ten Commandments gives Judaism and Christianity preferential treatment that no other religion receives.

  3. ray says:

    Freedom of Religion NOT Freedom from Religion

    • Kenton Forshee says:

      You can’t have freedom OF religion WITHOUT freedom FROM religion. The Christians want freedom FROM the Muslims, the Mormons want freedom FROM the Baptists, the Catholics want freedom FROM the Protestants, and vice versa on all those. What part of this is incomprehensible to you?

  4. Brian Westley says:

    “Caves” to the demands of the constitution, you mean.

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