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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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May 15, 2013 10:55PM
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If I had the Ten Commandments hanging I would NOT take them down for any student.That's what is wrong with our school districts now. We Americans need to take back our schools and paddle them when they are wrong. It never hurt me to have disipline when I was in school. These kids do not have any guidlines in life to go buy. The schools are a daycare. Kids need to have God in their lives!
May 15, 2013 10:54PM
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Chrisatianity is the only thing in America that it's not okay to be. You can caryy a Koran to school, but not the Bible. It is a total backwards society that we live in.
May 15, 2013 10:53PM
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Mavsfan42. You are so right. What a shame it is.
May 15, 2013 10:51PM
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What about violating peoples right to practice their religion! anywhere at all??? You are infringing on our right to practice our religion! But I forgot that's all right isn't it? Why are you so AFRAID of GOD and HIS BIBLE??? HMMM!
May 15, 2013 10:49PM
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It was once said after a school tragedy that a prayer to God was made asking how he could let this happen. God answered the prayer with "I couldn't do anything about it - I'm not allowed in schools anymore!"

But Muslim students are allowed to pray 5 times a day.

If we Christians complain about that we are insensitive.

I live in Texas and we can't even pray on Friday nights in the fall!

Muslim students can pray 5 times a day.

 

Make no mistake, we are expected to cower to the few!

The 10 commandments are the basis for most laws in free countries.

Did I say Muslim students can pray 5 times a day in public school!

 

May 15, 2013 10:48PM
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The Bible is a piece of **** that caused zillion of deaths. Eliminate it for good!

 

Melville.............you too!!

May 15, 2013 10:48PM
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We are told in the new testament to keep the commandments! Jesus and Paul told us that! Just because your born again doesn't mean you can go break the ten commandments! And the first Christians were jewish by the way! Go read the bible before you comment!
May 15, 2013 10:48PM
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My kid can learn to not steal, kill and cheat at home with his family, and without the "baggage" that comes with it.

Keep your commandments where they belong: in your own home.

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