Ten Commandments Are Guardrails for the Nation

GOP Louisiana Governor Jeff Landry recently signed a law requiring the text of the Ten Commandments to be displayed in public school classrooms.

House Bill No. 71 applies to public schools from elementary to secondary and post-secondary institutions, with charter school exemptions.

The bill in Louisiana is the first of its type to be passed into law, and support is currently building in Texas to pass a similar one.

Although other states have attempted comparable legislation, such proposed bills have failed to survive the legislative process. 

To emphasize the Ten Commandments’ foundational and historical importance, the Louisiana legislature also added a provision calling for a four-paragraph “context statement” to be posted nearby and stating that the Ten Commandments “were a prominent part of American public education for almost three centuries.”

Although the legislation doesn’t take effect until 2025, left-leaning institutions are already pushing back.

•        The headline for Slate stated the law “couldn’t be more unconstitutional.”

•        MSNBC’s website recently featured a headline that referred to the legislation as “a grave threat to civic morality.”

•        The Intelligencer’s headline read, “Christian Nationalism Marches on in Louisiana.” 

•        Richmond Times-Dispatch published a piece characterizing the law as “a move toward theocracy.”

Landry indicated he is looking forward to the Ten Commandments in court.

“I can’t wait to be sued,” stated the governor, according to The Tennessean. 

Leftist legal groups can’t wait to face off against Landry.

The American Civil Liberties Union, including the chapter in Louisiana, almost immediately announced it would file a lawsuit, along with Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the Freedom from Religion Foundation.

Each group claims the new legislation violates the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment. 

It’s especially ironic when groups like these try to censor the Ten Commandments using the First Amendment as their basis, the constitutional amendment safeguarding freedom of religion, before mentioning several additional rights.

The first portion of the Bill of Rights, which memorializes freedom of speech and religious expression, was not intended to restrict the free exercise of these rights.

The Ten Commandments isn’t just a piece of prose but a historical explanation and guide on which our nation’s laws are founded. 

The Commandments detail the specifics of the “laws of nature and nature’s God,” which are included and beautifully worded in the Declaration of Independence, the United States birth certificate.

The declaration surrounds laws that are “written on the heart,” the natural law our nation’s founders embedded into our system of government, in particular, the judicial branch.

The reason the left is actually engaging in opposition regarding the Ten Commandments may have to do with the challenges the words within the Decalogue present to the left’s highly flexible standard for human behavior—moral relativism.

Instead of offering a situational ethics perspective, the Ten Commandments focus on the fundamental basis for the U.S. legal system, expressed in Louisiana’s time-honored laws and the other 49 states.

In an April hearing on the legislation, Louisiana State Representative Dodie Horton pointed out that the display of the Ten Commandments is “not preaching a Christian religion. It’s not preaching any religion. It’s teaching a moral code.” 

The Ten Commandments are the guardrails that uphold our nation. Without them and the Maker who gave them, our country would continue to be aimless.