Texas Lt. Governor Pledges to Push Forward Bill Mandating Ten Commandments Display in Public Schools

Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, a Republican, has pledged to reintroduce a bill mandating the display of the Ten Commandments in public schools across the state. This comes after a previous attempt in Texas fell short, contrasting with Louisiana’s recent success as the first state to enact such a requirement.

“Texas WOULD have been and SHOULD have been the first state in the nation to put the 10 Commandments back in our schools,” Mr. Patrick wrote in a post on X.

Mr. Patrick pointed out that during the last legislative session, the Texas Senate approved a bill (SB 1515) with that purpose. However, in the House, the measure never made it to the floor for a vote.

“I will pass the 10 Commandments Bill again out of the Senate next session,” he pledged.

“SB 1515 will bring back this historical tradition of recognizing America’s heritage, and remind students all across Texas of the importance of a fundamental foundation of American and Texas law: the Ten Commandments,” he added.

SB 1515 aimed to mandate the display of the Ten Commandments in every classroom of Texas public elementary and secondary schools, similar to a recently passed law in Louisiana. This law made Louisiana the first state in the nation to require the display of this religiously and culturally significant text in all public schools and colleges.

Although the measure passed easily along party lines in the Texas Senate and received approval from a House committee after being sent to the lower chamber, it was one of many bills that did not receive a floor vote before the deadline.

The bill was opposed by Democrats, who said it would be offensive to non-Christians and would blur the line between church and state.

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By Hunter Fielding
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