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Students Fight Back to Save Ten Commandments

from Townhall – by Todd Starnes –

Hundreds of Christians in a small Oklahoma town have decided to draw a line in the sand and fight back against a national association of atheist and agnostics who want displays of the Ten Commandments removed from local schools.

“It’s Christianity under attack within our own country,” said Josh Moore, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Muldrow, Okla. “The irony can’t be missed by anyone who’s lived in this country or grown up in this country.”

The controversy surrounds Ten Commandment plaques are that are posted in a number of classrooms at Muldrow High School. It’s unclear when the plaques were installed.

Ron Flanagan, the superintendent of the local school district, told Fox News they had received a complaint about the Ten Commandments from the Freedom From Religion Foundation – an organization that has a long history of targeting displays of the Christian faith in public schools.

The complaint was allegedly filed by an “anonymous” member of the community. “If the facts are as presented to us, and the Ten Commandments are on display throughout Muldrow Public Schools, the displays must be removed immediately,” wrote FFRF attorney Patrick Elliott, in a letter to the school district.

The FFRF said the displays are a “flagrant violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. “Any student will view a Ten Commandments display in school as being endorsed by the school,” Elliott wrote. “Muldrow Public Schools promotion of the Judeo-Christian Bible and religion over non-religion impermissibly turns any non-Christian or non-believing student, parent or staff member into an outsider.”

Flanagan would not say whether or not the school district would comply with their demands. He referred all questions to the district’s attorney. The school board will discuss the controversy at a meeting on Monday.

But hundreds of students have decided to stand up and defend the plaques by launching petitions and raising awareness on social networking sites. And lots of folks around town are wondering why a Wisconsin-based organization is concerned about the affairs of Muldrow, Okla.

“It’s a pretty big deal,” student Chase Howard told television station KHOG. “One person kind of put it out there on Twitter. A couple of us hash tagged it and asked people to get it trending. After that it just caught on.”

Benjamin Hill, 18, is one of the students who signed the petition. He said he understands why non-Christians might be upset over the display, but he said students should have the right to express their faith.

“I’d really like it if they would leave the Ten Commandments up,” he told Fox News. “I think they should allow the expression of religion in school.” Pastor Moore told Fox News that the local interfaith ministerial associated printed 1,000 t-shirts emblazoned with the Ten Commandments – and many students plan on wearing the shirts to class.

“It’s not to protest or to be ugly,” he said. “Legally, they do have First Amendment rights. They can voice what they believe in. We are encouraging them to do that in a way that is respectful of others.”

Parent Denise Armer told KHOG she supports the students’ efforts to save the Ten Commandment plaques.

“If other kids don’t want to read the Ten Commandments, then they don’t have to,” she said. “But that doesn’t mean that they have to make everyone else do what they want.”

Pastor Moore said it’s not surprising that the Christian faith is coming under such a fierce attack.

“It’s promised in Scripture,” he said. “As believers and followers, it’s a matter of recognizing that and responding in an appropriate manner.”

The ministerial association also said they supported school leadership.

“It’s tough for them,” Moore told Fox News. “Their hands are tied from a legal perspective. We’re supporting them and ministering to them. We don’t want to alienate their or throw them under the bus.”

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Barbara deVera
8 years ago

I am very proud of these young people. Believers in God hve the right to have not only the ten commandments in publeic but but should be allowed to profess their faithand read their GBVibles.

We need leaders who know our history and can lead according. Someone like severalother countries have, who till those that do not like are ways to get out.

Susan S
8 years ago

I am very proud of those students who are standing up for the Ten Commandments…. the “unbelievers” were given the right to not have to see or hear the Word…. why can’t the “Believer” have the same right to see and hear… I wonder if that is what is part of what is wrong with our Country..

getitright112
8 years ago

It is really sad that someone can come along and start trouble over something the district has had no problems with for years and this person remains unnamed?

ruth kammeyer
8 years ago

If you don’t like seeing the 10 commandments, please feel free to go to another school.

Beckery39
8 years ago

Too bad you used a picture of Dixie County, Florida Court House instead of the school in Muldrow, Oklahoma. We already fought that battle and WON!

Ron
8 years ago

It is time that we are called upon to defend our country. Do not be afraid, you should be proud that you have been given that opportunity.

Beverly Johnson
8 years ago

In a democratic society the majority rules. The Ten Commandments are not an establishment of religion, they are the foundation of our system of laws and the Magna Carta. Without them anarchy and evil will continue to gain the upper hand in our country with resulting tragedies such as Sandy Hook. If the atheists get their way time and again, their ranks will swell and they could become the majority. This is not what the founders of our great nation envisioned.

Kazerus
8 years ago

Well, everybody knows how evil those 10 commandments are. Why, they practically Force you to stop doing things that you already know are wrong! How are kids supposed to express their anger, outrage, and disrespect if they have to see those 10 commandments every day?

Doug Schultz
8 years ago

If Muslim rights to pray in the workplace are allowed, the so should the ten commandments.

Don Holder
8 years ago

I think the student have the right to have the 10 Commandment up in their class rooms.
Those who don’t want to read them can look down at the floor.
Those who wish can look up to the see the Commandments and feel that they have done something lot’s of other students don’t have the courage to do. God Bless Them.

N. P.
8 years ago
Reply to  Don Holder

How about the ones that do not want to read them or be around them, “LEAVE THE COUNTRY.” I am sure no one would miss them.

Marilyn Saeger
8 years ago

Rather sad, really, that Christians need to fight for minimal rights.
I do hope and pray the ten commandments will be permitted to stay posted, even though too many Americans no longer even try to live by them all.

N J
8 years ago

YOU GO students and parents!!!!!. It’s great to know someone stands up for their convictions. If non-believers don’t like the 10 Commandments in view they certainly don’t have to look at them.

Marilyn Saeger
8 years ago
Reply to  N J

NJ I agree with your point of view.

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