Last week, a committee passed SB181, a bill that would allow display of the Ten Commandments on public property and in public schools. It now moves to the floor in the Alabama House, which could debate it as early as tomorrow, March 13. It has already passed in the Senate, so if it passes in the House, it will be on the ballot in November.
The U.S. Constitution guarantees all of us the right to religious beliefs and practices. Displaying the Ten Commandments on public property and in public schools represents the state government placing one faith above all others. It is not the job of the state to tell its citizens what to believe. Alabama citizens should make their own decisions about faith without interference from the government.
These actions by Alabama will likely lead to costly legal challenges. Considering the ongoing budgetary concerns facing Alabama’s schools, children, prisons, and infrastructure, we would hope that the Legislature would choose to spend taxpayer money on legislation that would benefit the state instead of on a bill that serves no useful purpose.
For more information, visit https://aclualabama.org/legislation/sb181-2018-ten-commandments.