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La.'s Ten Commandments law will test religion-friendly courts, experts say

Louisiana's law requiring the Ten Commandments in every classroom will test the new legal climate created by the Supreme Court, which has tossed earlier standards that protected the separation of church and state, experts said Thursday.

The law signed by Gov. Jeff Landry (R) Wednesday is the first one of its kind in the country since 1980, when a more moderate Supreme Court ruled a similar Kentucky law unconstitutional. The new law gives schools until Jan. 1 to display the Ten Commandments on "a poster or framed document that is at least eleven inches by fourteen inches" in every classroom. The commandments have to be the display's "central focus" and be "printed in a large, easily readable font," the law says.

On Thursday, as legal experts debated how courts would see the Louisiana law, various religious leaders in the state voiced excitement and worry about what the Ten Commandments measure portends.


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