ACLU: 10 Commandment Display Only Legal If Non-Believers Endorse It

In a rather bizarre case, the American Civil Liberties Union has filed suit to stop the displaying of the Ten Commandments on the grounds that one of the school board members who voted for it admitted to being a Christian.

It all started in 2010 with the Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a lawsuit against Giles County School Board for the Ten Commandment display at Narrows High School located about 70 miles west of Roanoke, Va.  The Ten Commandment display in the high school had been there for years, but to no surprise, the anti-Christian organization FFRF jumped on the situation as soon as they found out about it.

The case of Doe v School Board of Giles County resulted in the removal of the Ten Commandment display which in turned caused a huge uproar from the local community.  In reaction to the lawsuit, one private citizen from the area funded a multi-document display that was in accordance with federal court rulings.  The display included the Declaration of Independence, Mayflower Compact, Magna Carta, Ten Commandments and Thomas Jefferson’s letter to the Danbury Baptists.  It is this letter that many have argued for the separation of church of state by taking Jefferson’s words completely out of context.

When presented with the display by the citizen and being assured that it was funded 100% by private money and that it met the judicial rulings for legal displaying of historical documents upon which American law was established, the Giles County School Board voted to accept the gift and have it displayed at Narrows High School.  After the vote, school board member Joseph Gollehon was asked if he voted for the display because he was a Christian.  According to WND, Gollehon replied, “It had right much to do with it.”

Following this admission by Gollehon, the ACLU filed suit to have the Ten Commandments removed from the display on the grounds that one of the school board members who voted for it (Gellehon) was a Christian.  The suit is not denying that the Ten Commandments can be taught or that they had an integral role in America’s legal foundations, but they are objecting that they are being displayed in a location where students can actually see them.  And they blame it on the admission of one board member that approved it partially because he was a Christian.

The Giles County School Board is fighting the lawsuit with the help of the Liberty Counsel.  Founder and chairman of the Liberty Counsel Matt Staver commented about the case saying,

“The ACLU has done everything it could to run from the facts and the laws that control this case.  The Foundations of American Law and Government display has been upheld by multiple federal courts of appeal. It is clearly appropriate to include the Ten Commandments in a display on law, because there is no dispute that they helped shape American law and government.”

“The Virginia Standards of Learning requires students to know about the foundational principles of civilizations, including the Hebrews, and the foundations of law and government.  Secular textbooks published by Prentice Hall and McGraw-Hill trace the roots of democracy and law and specifically refer to the Ten Commandments and many of the documents posted as part of the Foundations Display. One of the Doe plaintiffs, who is the parent of the other Doe plaintiff, a student at Narrows High School, admits that studying such documents is appropriate in a textbook and that the Ten Commandments was significant in the development of law and government. Nevertheless, the parent and the student complain that only the Ten Commandments document should be removed from the display of 20 documents. The ACLU does not challenge the curriculum, which integrates the Ten Commandments as part of various subjects of study, but only the inclusion of the Ten Commandments as part of the display.”

In other words, if the entire school board were atheists and voted to approve the display, the ACLU would have no grounds to file suit to have the Ten Commandments removed.  In essence, the lawsuit filed by the American Communists Lawyers Union (oops, I mean American Civil Liberties Union) says that Christians have no rights to make such decisions, but anyone else can make the same or different decision and that is perfectly legal.

In all of these cases involving the Ten Commandments and other Christian displays, it always seems to be based upon the fact that one person is offended by the display and their lone complaint ends up being the determining factor.  In this case, one student claims to be offended by the Ten Commandments being included in the display and even though the parent is a Christian and believes in the Ten Commandments, filed the suit on behalf of their poor offended child.

But what about the majority of people in the community that are Christians and are offended by the actions of the one student?  Shouldn’t that account for something?  The US Constitution starts with “We the People” not “I the Person.”  The people of Narrows, Virginia need to flood the courthouse, the courtroom, the offices of every politician at local, county, state and national levels, that represent them.  It’s time the voice of the majority be heard over the whining of one individual.  It’s time Americans quit caving into the complaints of the few.  It’s time Americans take back their constitutional rights that have been stripped away by God hating liberal whiners.