Republican Leaders Double Down On Christian Values, Democrats Fuming

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( – House Speaker Mike Johnson supports his home state’s Ten Commandments requirement for public schools.

Johnson (R-LA) told reporters on Wednesday, “I’m supportive of it,” adding that he believed the law would “should pass court muster.”

The House Speaker also highlighted how several other states were looking into doing the same thing, noting he doesn’t believe the law is “offensive in any way,” but that it is a “positive thing.”

Johnson’s comments come after Louisiana’s Republican Governor Jeff Landry signed a law requiring every public classroom in the state to display a poster-sized display of the Ten Commandments. The law, which states the Commandments should be in “large, easily readable font,” will apply from Kindergarten to university.

Following Landry’s signing, opponents have quickly filed challenges, suggesting the law violates the First Amendment’s establishment clause.

However, proponents suggest the 2022 6-3 ruling by the Supreme Court in the Kennedy v. Bremerton School District would apply to the Ten Commandments law.

The ruling saw the majority toss out the long-held “Lemon test” courts used when interpreting establishment clause cases by siding with the Washington State high school football coach, giving him his job back after he had been disciplined over a prayer on the field.

Johnson noted the “intent behind” the law is to acknowledge the “history and tradition” of the United States, highlighting that the “Ten Commandments have a huge impact” on the development of all Western Civilization, particularly the U.S.

The House Speaker explained that his “old colleagues” are attempting to “reemphasize the importance of the foundational part of our country,” adding that the law wasn’t establishing or promoting religion; instead, it highlighted the U.S.’s tradition and history.

Former President Donald Trump has also backed Louisiana’s Ten Commandments law.

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