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Louisiana requires Ten Commandments to be displayed in public classrooms

Gov. Jeff Landry (R) signed the legislation Wednesday

Gov. Jeff Landry (R) signed legislation Wednesday requiring every public classroom in Louisiana to display the Ten Commandments, becoming the first state with such a law and inflaming tensions over the separation between church and state.

"This bill mandates the display of the Ten Commandments in every classroom - public elementary, secondary and post-education schools - in the state of Louisiana, because if you want to respect the rule of law, you've got to start from the original lawgiver, which was Moses," Landry said at a bill-signing ceremony.

Critics vowed to challenge the law in court, calling it unconstitutional and warning that it will lead to religious coercion of students.


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