Two measures that would mandate that the Biblical Ten Commandments are displayed in public schools, provide students as well as staff with a daily prayer session, and permit instructors to read from the Bible have been approved by Republicans in the TX State Senate.
Both proposals were approved by the Texas State Senate late last week (17-12), and they are now on their way to the state’s House. The Biblical Ten Commandments must be shown in all Texas public schools, according to the first bill, which is being sponsored by State Senator Phil King (R).
King declared, “This is a tradition in America. Texas schools may accept private funds for this if it is not in their budget to show the Biblical Ten Commandments.”
The second law would mandate that public schools provide kids and employees with a daily session of prayer time. It is sponsored by State Sen. Mayes Middleton (R). As part of the curriculum, the law would permit teachers to engage in reading from the Bible and other sacred books.
Lt. Governor Dan Patrick (R) of Texas, who supports the legislation, stated that “allowing the Biblical Ten Commandments along with prayer back into all of our public schools represents one step we are able to take towards making sure that each and every Texan has the right to openly share their deeply held religious beliefs.”
Patrick added, “I think you can’t alter the culture of the nation unless you transform the culture of mankind. Reintroducing prayer and the Biblical Ten Commandments back into our public schools will help our students grow into better Texans.”