in texas, the ten commandments appear to be alive and well and on their way to be in texas public school classrooms. dailymail.com phil king, the legislator who authored the bill, noted that the ten commandments are part of the united states’ heritage.
historically, the founders of the united states viewed the children of israel’s transformation into a nation as a symbol as to an experiment of a nation that would be free from a monarchy. it would be one that would be based upon laws. the laws which would include the ten commandments as a foundational base. certainly, 12 tribes versus thirteen colonies was something that rang true as much as the liberty bell which employed a verse from the torah in leviticus, “proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof.”
while there are those that may be critical of the move based upon separation of church and state, they too must acknowledge that the ten commandments go beyond any particular religion. the bill “specifies the text to be used and says it must be ‘legible to a person with average vision from anywhere in the classroom.'”
sen. king stated “‘i believe that you cannot change the culture of the country until you change the culture of mankind. bringing the ten commandments and prayer back to our public schools will enable our students to become better texans.'”
in sum, is this the beginning of change in a society that has recently witnessed children destroy downtown chicago or have a homedepot worker killed during the theft of a phone charger? we can only hope and pray that it is.
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