ICC Note: As previously reported, there have been several cases in which Ten Commandments displays on government property in the United States have been debated in the courts. Most recently, the Alabama Senate approved a bill that would include a question on the ballot about a potential amendment that would allow for the Ten Commandments to be present on government property. The bill will move on to the House and, if approved, will be placed on the ballot for voters to decide.
By Heather Clark
05/14/2017 United States (Christian News Network) – The Alabama Senate has approved a bill that would place on the ballot a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow the Ten Commandments to be displayed on public property.
The measure put forth by Sen. Gerald Dial, R-Lineville, requires the Decalogue to be a part of a broader display that includes other historical pieces.
“The proposed amendment would propose a constitutional amendment which would provide that property belonging to the state may be used to display the Ten Commandments and that the right to display the Ten Commandments on property owned or administrated by a public school or public body is not restrained or abridged,” S.B. 139 reads.
“The Ten Commandments shall be displayed in a manner that complies with constitutional requirements, including, but not limited to, being intermingled with historical or educational items, or both, in a larger display within or on property owned or administrated by a public school or public body,” it outlines.
The bill, which additionally contains language protecting religious freedom and association, also includes a prohibition on using public funds to defend the constitutionality of the amendment.
The measure was approved by the Senate 23-7 on Thursday, with all seven in opposition being Democrats. It will now move to the House for a vote.
“I don’t think there’s that much opposition in the House,” Dial told the Montgomery Advisor. “I’m going to give it the best shot.”