As we witness a cultural shift in our society, it is essential to preserve the values and morals that have shaped the foundation of our nation. The recent passing a controversial bill by the Texas Senate represents a positive step in the direction of restoring the call to national morality in the United States.
The Texas Senate has recently passed a bill, S.B. No. 1515, which will require public elementary and secondary schools in the state to display the Ten Commandments in each classroom. The bill, authored by Senator King and co-authors, mandates that a durable poster or framed copy of the Ten Commandments be displayed in a conspicuous place within each classroom.
The poster or framed copy must meet specific requirements outlined in the bill, including being at least 16 inches wide and 20 inches tall, with the text of the Ten Commandments in a size and typeface legible to a person with average vision from any location in the classroom. The text must be presented without any additional content.
Schools that do not already have the required posters or framed copies in each classroom must accept any offer of a privately donated copy meeting the requirements, without additional content. If a school has posters or framed copies that do not meet the requirements, they may replace them using public funds or by accepting private donations.
Public schools must also offer any extra posters or framed copies of the Ten Commandments in their possession as a donation to another public elementary or secondary school.
The bill will apply beginning with the 2023-2024 school year. It will take effect immediately if it receives a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution. If it does not receive the necessary vote, the bill will take effect on September 1, 2023.
One of the most progressive school districts in the nation lies in the heart of Texas, the Austin Independent School District (AISD). AISD is known for its promotion of sexual immorality, inviting drag queens to interact with children and holding gay pride marches on school property. The taxpayer-funded school district has been under fire over the years from conservatives for a number of sexually-related problems.
In 2019, Blackshear Fine Arts Academy hosted a drag queen story hour that featured a drag queen by the name of Ms. Kitty Litter who was convicted of male prostitution in 1996. Another elementary school librarian in Austin who is known for hosting drag queens was also caught posting explicit photos of himself at gay events. It will be interesting to see how the school would reconcile such lewd behavior with the new requirement to display the Ten Commandments.
While The Ten Commandments are part of God’s law and are not the gospel—the law has no power to save—they do serve and has historically served as a moral compass for generations of Americans. Acknowledging God’s law has helped shape our nation’s character and provided a foundation for our legal system while abandoning them has only had a detrimental effect. By displaying the Ten Commandments in public schools, we point these students to the highest authority in the universe while emphasizing the importance of moral values and reminding students of the ethical principles that have made our society strong and resilient.
Furthermore, this legislation encourages students to develop a sense of personal responsibility and respect for others, which are vital components of a thriving society. In an era marked by increasing secularism and moral relativism, the presence of the Ten Commandments in classrooms serves as a beacon of light that can help guide our nation back to its moral roots. Any of these left-wing self-described progressive Christians arguing that removing God’s word, be it law or grace, from the presence of any sector of society is a good thing, is a self-deceived idolater who only deserves to be ignored.