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Tell state lawmakers to kill irresponsible bill

Act to keep Ten Commandments out of Alabama public buildings

An absurd proposal to amend the Alabama Constitution to allow Ten Commandments displays on state property and in public schools just passed the state Senate. Please stand against this attempt by theocrats to cement religion onto the public arena.

The Supreme Court has explicitly ruled the display of bible edicts in public schools to be unconstitutional. State legislators and governmental entities have no business exposing Alabama citizens and students to a list of Old Testament orders.

Senate Bill 139 now awaits approval by the Alabama House where it will be voted upon in the next four days. Please contact your state representative today asking him or her to oppose this shameful bill.

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BACKGROUND

Senate Bill 139 was introduced by state Sen. Gerald Dial. This is Dial's 13th attempt to finagle through legislation to permit public Ten Commandment displays in Alabama. The proposal was approved by the state Senate in a 23-7 vote on Thursday.

SB 139 attempts to circumvent the blatant constitutional violation by including language that requires the public Ten Commandments displays to be "in a manner that complies with constitutional requirements, including, but not limited to, being intermingled with historical or educational items, or both, in a larger display."

There is no manner in which the Ten Commandments could be displayed that would make them permissible under the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution. The First Commandment alone, reading, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me," is reason enough why it's utterly inappropriate to display it in schools or on state property. Whether or not the biblical symbol is intermeshed with "historical or educational items" does not change it from what it is: a state stamp of approval of Judeo-Christianity over other religions or nonreligion.

"It's dismaying that so many senators would be derelict in their duty to uphold the entirely secular U.S. Constitution," says FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor. "Alabama is not a theocracy, contrary to the Alabama Senate, and may not endorse or preference one religion over another, or religion over nonreligion."

If the bill passes the state House, the measure would go to Alabama voters for approval.

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