Alabama Residents to Vote on Ten Commandments Amendment After Proposal Approved by Lawmakers

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Residents in Alabama will vote this November on a proposed amendment to the state Constitution that would expressly allow the Ten Commandments to be displayed in public buildings and schools.

The Alabama House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved S.B. 181 on Thursday 66 to 19 after the measure likewise cleared the House last month with a strongly supportive vote of 23-3.

As previously reported, the bill, presented by Sen. Gerald Dial, R-Lineville, allows the Ten Commandments to be displayed if desired but does not require it, and mandates that the display be done in what is deemed a constitutional manner.

“Property belonging to the state may be used to display the Ten Commandments, and the right of a public school and public body to display the Ten Commandments on property owned or administrated by a public school or public body in this state is not restrained or abridged,” the bill reads in part. “The civil and political rights, privileges, and capacities of no person shall be diminished or enlarged on account of his or her religious belief.”

“The Ten Commandments shall be displayed 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 within or on property owned or administrated by a public school or public body,” it outlines.

Read the bill in full here.

Dial, 81, said that he believes that children might rethink harming their fellow students if they see God’s law before their eyes.

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“I believe that if you had the Ten Commandments posted in a prominent place in school, it has the possibility to prohibit some student from taking action to kill other students,” Dial stated, according to the Alabama Political Reporter. “If this bill stops one school shooting in Alabama, just one, then it’s worth the time and effort we’re putting into it.”

Some Democratic lawmakers have been opposed to the measure, expressing certainty of a lawsuit and remarking that government officials should live the Commandments, as that would be the best form of display.

“The devil can display the Ten Commandments,” said Rep. Berry Forte, D-Eufaula, according to

“The best way this body could display the Ten Commandments is to live them,” also remarked Rep. Mary Moore, D-Birmingham, according to the Montgomery Advisor. “If we want it displayed like we display our fine china, I think that’s against the teachings of Jesus.”

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 religious displays may be found in a number of federal government buildings.

“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,” it wrote. “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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  • robert boe

    The Ten Commandments protect Atheists and Muslims lives and liberty to .From Angry Christians. Its curbs the behavior of all people . And mostly Christians who have the same sinful nature as every one else since there are more of us in this country. Be glad it is there or other religions and people might not be. It protects policemen Suprme court judges senators the president there lives to from angry Christians and some christians most easly could end such lives.. As some have been trained in war fair as snippers.

    • Brian Curtis

      Your lies do not impress any more than your threats do. The Christian 10 Commandments have done nothing to benefit non-Christians, which is why they belong on Christian church property, not the shared commons owned by ALL citizens.

      • robert boe

        I meant every word of what i said. We learn this in Lutheran catechism classes. You think your the only ones that can sin?

        • robert boe

          It might be a lie to you . Not to kill ones neighbor because of the ten commandments but theirs a whole lot more people just like you still able to walk around because of those ten commandments. Lol

        • NOGODZ20

          Wtf??? Brian Curtis called me the N word. What’s that all about?

      • NOGODZ20

        I’ll finish in your mouth. Call me.

        • Brian Curtis

          Ahh, more trolling from the Christian Coward. Typical.

          • NOGODZ20

            No trolling. I find you to be an attractive man. I have desires.

          • NOGODZ20

            I want you to taste Dom Saunders pink ballon knot. You’ll fall in love.

    • TheKingOfRhye

      You’re basically saying Christians would be killing people of other religions and atheists if it weren’t for the Ten Commandments?? Or maybe that’s just what you would like to do, I don’t know. Either way, you’re not exactly painting a flattering picture there.

      Funny, most other atheists I know…well, all of them…believe it’s not a good idea to kill people, and we figured that one out without a commandment in a holy book.

      • robert boe

        Thats correct because as the Bible says with out the commandments no one would know what sin is.

        • TheKingOfRhye

          I just think that if, as you implied, you’re only being moral because of a list of commands in a book – or, in other words, only because you’re ordered to be….that’s not really being moral. I hear that sort of thing from people quite a lot; they think that I, as an atheist, can’t have any sort of moral code or make any moral judgement because I don’t have it set down in stone for me by some deity….I think that says more about them than it does about me.

    • Tristan Fry

      Why are you calling people you don’t know “baby killers”?

      • robert boe

        Tell me the names of those you say i called baby killers. I do not recall making specific judgements on any one. They all know who they are i do not.

        • Tristan Fry

          Even in the abstract, that is a very harsh thing to say.

          • robert boe

            Truth some times is harsh but its still the Truth. That I do not know any thing about you. Or any one else unless they want to tell me.,or have made public statements that i know about

  • For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome. 1 John 5:3

  • james blue

    “I believe that if you had the Ten Commandments posted in a prominent place in school, it has the possibility to prohibit some student from taking action to kill other students,”

    The Austin TX bomber shows how well that works

    Lawsuits will abound for other religions.

    • robert boe

      James Blue before that it curbed other peoples bad behavior. The ten commandments only curb’ s bad behavior a person can jump over the curb and hurt some body if their mind is set to.. Just like a lock on your front door keeps most people out ,yet if some one really has their mind set they can break the lock or knock your door down and steal your stuff any way.

      • james blue

        No it didn’t.

  • Brian Curtis

    Well, this is a stupid and pointless bill. Government buildings should be posting the Bill of Rights, not some religion’s private doctrine.

    • Bezukhov

      Maybe a compromise? Put up the 10 Commandments, simply at the bottom a line to the effect: “The First Amendment allows you to break some of these Commandments, and the State can’t do anything to stop or punish you”.

  • robert boe

    Judges senators and congressman who do not want the ten commandments would be the best Poster people for why need to visually see the ten commandments. And very often!

  • robert boe

    Who ever is president of the USA he or she is the most murdered person of all in the USA in peoples hearts. And some so called Judges do not think we need the ten commandments that protect them and their family to from this?

  • Guzzman

    Alabama proposes to amend its state Constitution to allow the Ten Commandments to be displayed in public buildings and schools. The Supreme Court has upheld the display of the Ten Commandments in one case. In Van Orden v. Perry, the Court considered a Ten Commandments monument on the Texas capitol grounds permissible only because the display was one of 17 monuments and 21 historical markers on a broad, museum-like plaza.

    In the majority of cases considering government posting of the Ten Commandments, the Court has prohibited stand-alone religious displays based on the long held constitutional principle that the government may not take any action that endorses a specific religious belief.

    As Justice Breyer noted, Van Orden “is distinguishable from instances where the Court has found Ten Commandments displays impermissible. The display is not on the grounds of a public school, where, given the impressionability of the young, government must exercise particular care in separating church and state. This case [VanOrden] also differs from McCreary County, where the short (and stormy) history of the courthouse Commandments’ displays demonstrates the substantially religious objectives of those who mounted them, and the effect of this readily apparent objective upon those who view them.”

    So the context and location of the displays are important. When it comes to public schools where a captive audience of young, impressionable children are involved, the displays will be subject to even stricter constitutional scrutiny.

  • robert boe

    Americas Government would be down on there hands and knees beggining for the posting of the ten commandments if Christian churches taught murder those who are not christian get back at people who offend you. Just concider how many christians are in this country and how long other’s would last if we taiught that instead of what God wanted us to teach.

  • robert boe

    America will get what it deserves as Christian influence gets less and less Chrstians notice so does The freedoms Americans once had.

  • Herrnhut

    Galatians 4:8 “But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, where unto ye desire again to be in bondage? ” The terms weak (ἀσθενῆ) and beggarly (πτωχὰ) in the original language are the exact same terms as sickness (ἀσθενῆ) and poverty (πτωχὰ) in the 4 gospels when Jesus healed the sick and blessed the beggar like Bartimaeus. So Paul was saying those who have become believers of Christ but go back to the old covenant (ten commandments) will not get blessing but curses of the law including sickness…. and poverty.

    • robert boe

      Christians use the commandments as a guide as a curb and as a way to thank Jesus for obeying them perfectly for us. Jesus did not want us using them as the Jews used them before he came… because he is now our perfect rest and has obeyed the law perfectly for us all. We do not throw the law out we use them differently.

      • Herrnhut

        For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is EVERY one that continue not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.

  • YouHaveNoTruth

    Your invisible man is a lie.

  • Casey Everett Westling

    But what if you are Hindu or Bahai, or a myriad of other non-christian religions that make up our US population including atheist! This law is headed straight to the supreme court where it will be struck down as a religious intrusion into our secular government’s constitutional directives.

  • Edward Tew

    Jesus talks about Goats and Sheep at the end, i believe that the Goats will have a better life because of the Sheep. so why not have God back in everything, and then possibly some of the Goats will become Sheep and not die, on that Day!

    If we the People turn away from God, which has been done for a long time, as far as our schools, he will turn from us, and then anything can start to happen in the world, it’s not God’s fault it is ours as a people, we should have never stopped Prayer in Schools. we now have a problem with demons entering some of the children that do these bad things to other children, that, as for as i know never happened when we had God and prayer in our schools. so we can keep going downhill or put God back in our lives as a country. we can’t turn from God without consequences!