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School bans Ten Commandments from classrooms

One Oklahoma school district has decided to remove plaques of the Ten Commandments from classrooms in response to a student complaint.

By Charyn Pfeuffer - MSN Living Editor May 15, 2013 7:08PM

After one student blew the whistle, an Oklahoma school district decided to permanently take down the Ten Commandments in all its classrooms.

The student, Gage Pulliam, reached out to the Freedom from Religion Foundation for support in getting the plaques removed from the school.

“I just want people to know I’m not attacking Christianity,” Pulliam told 4029tv.com. “I’m just trying to make everything equal for everyone.”

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School administrators did not fight the complaint, reportedly in fear of facing a lawsuit.

“There’s no point in continuing to fight a losing battle,” Jerry Richardson, the school district’s attorney, told 4029tv.com. “In these types of situations, schools districts get sued and lose. They end up not only having to pay their lawyers, but the other side’s lawyers, as well.”

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The decision to pull down the Ten Commandment flags was made during a standing room-only Monday school board meeting.

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“We hate the decision that they’ve had to make, but we support them in the decision,” said Pastor Shawn Money, reports 4029tv.com. "We pray that there is an alternative and that someday those Commandments will go back up on the wall.”

Read the entire story here and a copy of the letter sent from the Freedom from Religion Foundation here.

Tell us: Do you think the school district did the right thing?

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Aug 30, 2013 11:43PM
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I noticed that the commandment tablets used in the picture used Lutheran catholic numbering rather than protestant numbering . we really don't know exactly how God divided the commandments up on the two tablets,,  the Lutheran catholic numbering

 

divides them up exactly as you see in the picture the three commandments you should not do pertaining to God and the other 7 commandments you should not do against they neighbor we place on the other tablet.

 

just thought it was interesting since Oklahoma  I did not think had a  lot of catholics or Lutherans I think most of the Oklahoma churches would be heirs of the swiss protestant

reformation or be Baptist Christians . And they would normaly divIde the ten commandments up differently on the two tablets..     I think  they  just place the first 5 do nots on one tablet and the next 5 do nots on the second tablets

 

it does not really matter how Christians divide them up on the two tablets its important that we use them  the best we can  to thank   sinless Jesus for living gods laws perfect for us  and dying for our sins in our stead

Aug 30, 2013 10:58PM
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 the war against the great don't do's

 

 

The ten great don't do's  can't save any one , from their sin's. because they cant do it

perfectly in thought word and deed,,

 

yet they can curb a Christian from stealing or  killing a non Christian or vise versa.

 

just by a reminder they should not do that

 

So people want some thing that does not even say who God is removed.

 

every government in the world borrowed from Gods law written in their heart

 

those parts of Gods law  that say do not steal or do not murder etc etc

 

will always be used by Governments any way

 its written in their hearts ..

 

even Gods written law pre dates every law by every country in the world.

 

why have they stolen Gods laws to use .. they cant help it its written in their hearts

 

but some people are so stupid they don't even realize it

 

 they think they thought it up..

                  they can remove it from a wall

 

 but they cant get away from it .

 

every country uses Gods laws  in their laws because its written in their hearts.

 

 

the great  don/t dos there only one way to be saved from THE GREAT don't do's.

 

and that is Jesus the great I  done IT PERFECTLY for you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aug 24, 2013 10:41PM
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W T F ??? Famous words............Can't we all get along?  What the hell is the population of the U.S.A. coming to?  Did they take "Under God" out of the Pledge of Allegiance as well?  The school should be shut down by cowing down to some ediotic demands

May 22, 2013 10:30PM
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This is A CHRISTIAN COUNTRY ! If you dont like it, LEAVE
May 22, 2013 10:16PM
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Christianity isn't the only religion in this country. There are others and to make matters more specific, Christianity isn't the only Christianity in this country. We have Catholics and Lutherans, Baptists and Pentecostal, Apostolic and Mormon, Adventist and Jehovah's Witness, and so on and so on.

 

And then it gets even worse. Catholicism is divided between Orthodox and Roman Catholic. Baptists are divided into evangelical, independent, reformed, and progressive. Every major religion is fractured into sub-sects that all view the same Bible differently. And every major religion has fundamental sects and extremist sects that all see the same 60+ books of the Scriptures in different lights.

 

If the word of the Bible is God's word, then for every splinter of a sect, there is a different version of God. So there are all of these different Gods under one collective roof funded by the government of a country that separates church from state. The same country that constitutionally protects people's right to practice their religious views.

 

So those 10 commandments posted are only the 10 of one person's God. Why should all other religious and non-religious people attending the school be forced to view a propaganda poster of one person's version of God each day?

 

The crap pulled by believers who argue persecution is endlessly annoying. No one is stopping people from praying in school. No one is stopping people from being religious in school. No one is banned from bringing Bibles to school. Unless they receive a paycheck from the Government. When it's a state funded school, the faculty is forbidden from teaching one view of religion to impressionable students.

 

I wish so many believers weren't such mindless, self-absorbed, religiously intolerant morons. The world would be a much better place.

May 22, 2013 10:02PM
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I guess I am impressed with the fact that a whopping 19,000 people nationwide get to hold the rest of us hostage.
May 22, 2013 8:12PM
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I am a dedicated Christian and I have no problem with them taking the 10 Commandments from the school.  I don't want the public school system teaching my children about religion, whether it is Christianity or another faith.  It is my responsibility to teach my children about God alone.  Their Christian education comes from me and supplemented by the church we attend.  
May 22, 2013 6:38PM
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When I was in school I don't believe we had a "Ten Commandment" directly in our school. Most everyone obeyed them without their "physical" presence. 
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