Georgia School District Directs Principals to Remove Ten Commandments Following ACLU Complaint

Commandments-compressedBRUNSWICK, Ga. — Officials with a school district in Georgia have directed principals within their jurisdiction to remove copies of the Ten Commandments from their schools following a complaint from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

According to reports, on Sept. 28, the Glynn County School System sent an email memo to principals throughout the district telling them that the Decalogue displays cannot be erected unless they are a part of a “Freedom Wall”—a display featuring a variety of historical documents.

“Please thoroughly go through your building(s) today and collect any items that display the 10 Commandments,” the memo, from Assistant Superintendent Dr. James Pulos read. “The only exception to this directive is for the ‘Freedom Wall’ display—that document may remain as part of the set on display.”

“These items must be removed from view and collected for the time being until additional guidance is provided,” it said. “Please send me an email response by the end of business today regarding whether or not you had to remove any items from display. This must be resolved today.”

The district had received a complaint from the ACLU on Sept. 22, which expressed concern that a prior agreement from the 1990’s was not being adhered to, which stated that the Ten Commandments would only be used as part of integrated historical displays.

The ACLU says that it recently received a complaint about the presence of the Commandments at Golden Isles Elementary School. It did not release the name of the complainant.

“We received a complaint from a member of the community that the Ten Commandments were hanging in the schools, and hanging the commandments is a violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment,” Kathleen Burch, interim in-house counsel for the ACLU of Georgia, told the Golden Isles News.

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She told the outlet that she doesn’t believe the Decalogue should be a part of school Freedom Walls either, but rather the concept would only apply at courthouses.

Following the issuance of the district’s memo, a petition was soon launched calling upon the district to keep the Ten Commandments regardless.

“If students in our county are having the learn other religions, Christianity should not be pushed out,” it reads.

As of press time, the petition, which was launched on Wednesday and seeks 2,000 signatures, has already obtained over 1,400 signatures.

Some also wrote personal letters to the district, urging them not to listen to the ACLU.

“I would like for [the school board] to stand up to them and not let these people bully us and tell us what we can and cannot put in our schools,” parent Jaime Raby told Golden Isles News.

But the district says that it sees the matter as one of compliance with the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

“The Glynn County School System has, and intends to continue to, comply with its responsibilities under the United States Constitution, including the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment,” Anna Hall, Glynn County Schools public relations specialist, said in a statement.

“Superintendent Howard Mann has indicated that he will take appropriate steps through administrative and legal channels to respond to any issues that may be raised, in the same way the school system responds to any other issue,” she said. “At present, all Glynn County schools are outfitted with Freedom Walls which display historical documents that include the Ten Commandments.”

As previously reported, the 2005 U.S. Supreme Court decision of Van Orden v. Perry, which upheld a Ten Commandments monument at the Texas state capitol, noted that Decalogue displays are “common throughout America.”

“We need only look within our own courtroom,” the justices wrote. “Since 1935, Moses has stood, holding two tablets that reveal portions of the Ten Commandments written in Hebrew, among other lawgivers in the south frieze.”

“Similar acknowledgments can be seen throughout a visitor’s tour of our nation’s capital. For example, a large statue of Moses holding the Ten Commandments, alongside a statue of the Apostle Paul, has overlooked the rotunda of the Library of Congress’ Jefferson Building since 1897,” the decision continued. “And the Jefferson Building’s Great Reading Room contains a sculpture of a woman beside the Ten Commandments with a quote above her from the Old Testament (Micah 6:8).”

“A medallion with two tablets depicting the Ten Commandments decorates the floor of the national archives,” the court outlined. “Inside the Department of Justice, a statue entitled “The Spirit of Law” has two tablets representing the Ten Commandments lying at its feet. In front of the Ronald Reagan Building is another sculpture that includes a depiction of the Ten Commandments.”


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  • Tangent002

    You cannot use a public school to promote one religion over any other.

    • Miss Deplorable Chrissy Vee

      Boohoo. They can not get rid of God no matter how many signs and statues they take away. They are only adding to their judgment and God’s wrath. The more they try to push him out, the worse things are getting in this country and around the world. Blind, deaf and dumb fools. Very pitiful.

      • Tangent002

        Teach your kids about God, don’t teach mine.

        • Miss Deplorable Chrissy Vee

          I hope for their sakes, somebody does.

          • Tangent002

            My sons do not require God to be good and moral people. They are better men than I.

          • Miss Deplorable Chrissy Vee

            They need God to forgive their sins. No matter how “good” or “moral” they are, they still sin. It appears I am the only one in this conversation who actually cares about their souls.

          • Tangent002

            Not everyone believes as you do.

            I appreciate your concern, but it is not required. We will live our lives taking care to treat others at least as well as we expect to be treated, if not better. If your God condemns us because we did not pledge fealty, so be it. I’d much rather live my life honestly, than in subservience to an imagined ‘morality’.

          • Miss Deplorable Chrissy Vee

            Got it. Thank you for raising good kids. I will keep you all in my prayers.

          • Tangent002

            I appreciate that. If your family is ever in need, let me know.

          • Miss Deplorable Chrissy Vee

            Thanks Tangent, you too. 🙂

          • ComeOnPeople!

            By your statement you treat others as you would wish to be treated… hmmm but silencing those who believe a certain way is ok because now your position is voiced. No god over those who believe there is a GOD. The unjust courts are now favoring your position and you call this honesty. ahahaha It is the very opposite. Enjoy your new reality… lawless, corrupted, perversion of truth.

          • Amos Moses

            You are right ….. they do not ….. and they will be all those things in Hell …… lots of “moral” people going to be there …… without Christ ……

        • uninvitedguest

          Exactly

      • uninvitedguest

        School is for receiving an education not an indoctrination to the supernatural.

        • Miss Deplorable Chrissy Vee

          I agree. Being well educated about our Creator and where we came from and living by his perfect laws and statutes is key to understanding why oppressing and pushing Christianity out is resulting in the chaotic, violent, perverse, insane, incontinent, dumbed down, “politically correct” world we live in today. Joy! 😀

          • uninvitedguest

            Since theres zero proof of a creator, its best kept out of the educational system. Teaching facts not fables is the responsibility of our schools

          • Miss Deplorable Chrissy Vee

            For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.
            ~ Romans 1:20

      • Josey

        Amen Chrissy! Psalm 14:1 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.
        Soon, He will rid the land of evil beasts who love to rebel and love their sin and have no fear of Him, our Great God and Creator who loved us so much that He gave His only begotten Son to pay the price for our sin, those who would reject such a great gift that not one of us deserved are about to incur God’s great wrath and His Holy Righteous anger. Repent now while today is the day of grace and salvation, don’t put it off, humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God.

        • Miss Deplorable Chrissy Vee

          Amen. ♥

  • Miss Deplorable Chrissy Vee

    Not surprising. God’s wrath is coming… won’t they be surprised.

    • uninvitedguest

      Yall have been saying that for centuries.

      • Miss Deplorable Chrissy Vee

        Look, people like you are in the Bible…

        Ye have wearied the LORD with your words. Yet ye say, Wherein have we wearied him? When ye say, Every one that doeth evil is good in the sight of the LORD, and he delighteth in them; or, Where is the God of judgment? ~Malachi 2:17

        3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
        4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
        5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
        6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:

        Here is the answer to that…
        7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
        8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
        9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. ~ 2 Peter 3:3-9

        • uninvitedguest

          I do not like green eggs and ham.
          I do not like them Sam I Am!

          • Miss Deplorable Chrissy Vee

            Oh my. Next time I will get down to your level… ooon second thought, nah! I’m an adult, go back to the playground and kick sand at Tommy and pull Suzie’s hair.

          • uninvitedguest

            My level? Too funny. I had to srop down to yours! Your bible is about as authentic as Seuss

          • Miss Deplorable Chrissy Vee

            See uninvitedguest run.
            Run uninvitedguest, run! 😀

  • Liberal Elitist

    As someone who lives and works in Brunswick, Georgia, this is welcome news. Just a couple months ago nearby Bryan County reluctantly agreed to remove an obvious Christian Nationalist flag from a Courtroom. Seems like South Georgia is finally showing signs of sanity.

    • ComeOnPeople!

      Showing signs of being bullied.

      • uninvitedguest

        Nope. Not being bullied. No place for religion in schools.

        • ComeOnPeople!

          Study your history and you will see that religion was very much a part of our schools up until our society started to crumble.

      • Liberal Elitist

        Your frustration is understandable, but hardly justified. When a particular group enjoys such a level of privilege for such a long time, some noses are bound to be out of joint once the playing field finally begins to be leveled. White people in the South demonstrated this same behavior when black people were finally able to avail themselves of the right to vote.

        • ComeOnPeople!

          Using race as an example is an insult to all races. This is not a race issue or a gender issue such as womens rights to have equal pay but it is a moral and spiritual issue based upon the beliefs of one saying it is a moral practice and others saying it is not a moral practice. You cannot level a playing field based upon peoples moral or spiritual beliefs. One cannot change their gender or their race but they can change their practices. Therefore one says it is wrong and the one who wishes to participate in it’s practice says it is right. These new laws are not based upon the rule of law but upon the culture & opinions of those in power.

          • Liberal Elitist

            You’ll get used to it.

          • ComeOnPeople!

            Nope I’m actually a rarity ,who has not watched un-holywood or devil-vision in 25 years, so my opinions & believes are not based off of propaganda or world agendas. I actually read & study not fake history but the real deal ahahaha. I’m not swayed by fake political propaganda or agendas. Could care less about political correctness or the lies being fed to people via their puppets on the news networks .

            So nope wrong again. I will never get use to a perversion of the Creators design. Will never get use to immorality or lies.

  • ComeOnPeople!

    Think we need to teach school administers about bullying . ahaha It’s called stand up and say enough is enough. I admire the students who posted scriptures all over their school after the bullies forced a ten commandment mural to be removed. Sad when our kids have to teach us how to stand up against tyranny.

    • uninvitedguest

      This has been ruled on by SCOTUS. No bullying necessary

      • ComeOnPeople!

        ACLU compliance… do what we say our it will cost you. hmmm yup Bullies.

        • uninvitedguest

          SCOTUS not aclu.

          • ComeOnPeople!

            Dido

  • Reason2012

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..

    No law was made forcing them to put up the Ten Commandments display, so no violation of the establishment clause has taken place.

    But, to claim it’s ILLEGAL for a schools’ population to want such a display IS a violation of the First Amendment:

    Congress shall make no law … prohibiting the free exercise thereof..

    So for them to claim it’s ILLEGAL to do so IS a violation and they need to be sued instead.

    They are using lies and money to attack Christianity and everyone’s folding instead of standing up to their bigotry and perverting of the First Amendment. Then we wonder why the blessings of God continue to be removed? We let God be removed, what do you expect?

    • Tangent002

      A law suit would fail. Established legal precedent is that religious displays are not allowed in public schools unless they are in the context of a broader historical/religious presentation.

      • Reason2012

        The “legal precedent” is as much a farce as the supreme court claiming obamacare was a tax.

        • Ambulance Chaser

          And yet, it remains the law.

    • Liberal Elitist

      When I was a child, I learned about biblical mythology in Sunday school. Has Sunday school been banned?

      • Reason2012

        No, they don’t teach in Sunday school that populations of fish, or frogs, or reptiles and so on could, over generations, eventually learn to read / write in countless languages, pass laws to uphold morals, publish books, design airplanes and more – it’s those who reject God that teach that mythology.

        • Liberal Elitist

          On the contrary, I did learn about talking snakes in Sunday school.

    • Ambulance Chaser

      Constitutional law is so much more complicated than you’re making it out to be. The First Amendment is so sweeping, and its language is so broad, that it could be held to mean any number of things, which it has.

      Your interpretation is one; one that diverges greatly from the Supreme Court’s, which is the only one that has the force of law.

      Although you’re perfectly free to disagree with the Supreme Court, you can’t simply pronounce your interpretation to be the “correct” one and then wonder incredulously why it’s not being followed.

  • Josey

    Some also wrote personal letters to the district, urging them not to listen to the ACLU.
    “I would like for [the school board] to stand up to them and not let these people bully us and tell us what we can and cannot put in our schools,” parent Jaime Raby told Golden Isles News.

    Tell the ACLU to stick their complaint up where the sun don’t shine!

    • Tangent002

      So you want public schools to pay huge legal costs fighting a losing battle?

  • Bezukhov

    Put the 10 commandments up if they feel the must. Just add the caveat that the 1st amendment allows us to break the 2nd commandment.