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Historic passage: Louisiana law requires display of Ten Commandments in public schools

By Collin Hain

Louisiana has taken a historic step in reaffirming its commitment to the foundational values of our nation by becoming the first state to mandate the display of the Ten Commandments in every public school classroom. On Wednesday, Republican Governor Jeff Landry signed H.B. 71 into law, requiring a poster-sized display of the Ten Commandments in "large, easily readable font" in all public classrooms, from kindergartens to state-funded universities, by the start of 2025.

Gov. Landry has celebrated this legislative victory, emphasizing its importance not just on religious grounds but also for its historical significance. Proponents of the law argue that the Ten Commandments are "foundational documents of our state and national government," underscoring their integral role in the development of American public education for nearly three centuries.

Why Christians Should Celebrate This Legislation

As Christians, we should rejoice in this legislation for several compelling reasons. First and foremost, the Ten Commandments are a divine code given by God that outline moral principles essential to leading a righteous life. By displaying these commandments in classrooms, we remind students of the moral underpinnings that have guided our society since its inception.

Furthermore, the Bible and the Ten Commandments have profoundly influenced the founding documents of the United States. Our Founding Fathers drew extensively from biblical principles to shape the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and other foundational texts. The Ten Commandments encapsulate universal truths about justice, integrity, and respect for others—values that are timeless and vital for a well-functioning society.

The Historical and Educational Significance

The new law does more than reintroduce religious teachings into the public sphere; it recognizes the historical significance of the Ten Commandments in American education. For nearly three centuries, these principles were prominently displayed in American classrooms, reflecting their role in shaping the ethical and moral compass of our nation. By pairing the display with a context statement that describes their historical role, Louisiana is not only educating students about values but also about the nation’s history.

In addition to the Ten Commandments, the law "authorizes" but does not require the display of other foundational documents such as the Mayflower Compact, the Declaration of Independence, and the Northwest Ordinance in K-12 public schools. This initiative highlights the importance of understanding our nation's roots and the documents that have shaped our democratic society.

Displaying the Ten Commandments in a Free Country

Some may question how the display of the Ten Commandments aligns with the principle of freedom of religion. It is essential to remember that freedom of religion does not mean the exclusion of all religious principles from public life. Instead, it ensures that no single religion is mandated by the state.

Interestingly, many public schools already permit the display of LGBTQ symbols, such as rainbow flags and other propaganda. These items, while often considered cultural or political symbols, function as religious symbols of their own, promoting a particular worldview and set of beliefs. If such symbols are allowed in public schools, it stands to reason that the Ten Commandments, which represent a universal moral code and are foundational to our legal and ethical systems, should also be permitted.

Encouraging Similar Legislation in Other States

Louisiana's bold move sets a precedent for other states to follow. Conservative Christians should support similar legislation in their states to reinforce the moral and ethical teachings that are increasingly absent in today’s education system. By advocating for the display of the Ten Commandments and other foundational documents, we can ensure that future generations understand and appreciate the values that have shaped our nation.

This legislation is a step towards reclaiming our heritage and reinforcing the principles that made America great. It serves as a reminder that our freedoms are deeply rooted in a moral code that values life and liberty. By supporting and celebrating this law, we reaffirm our commitment to these enduring principles and the role they play in guiding our nation.


John Adams famously said, “Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” The Ten Commandments are a divine code given by God that outline moral principles that contribute to a thriving society.  

The passage of H.B. 71 in Louisiana is a cause for celebration among Christians who recognize the importance of the Ten Commandments in our heritage. This law not only acknowledges the historical role of these commandments in American education but also reinforces the moral and biblical values essential for a just and ethical society. As we celebrate this victory, let us also advocate for similar measures in other states, ensuring that the principles that have guided us for centuries continue to illuminate the path for future generations.


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