President Trump Praises Louisiana for Displaying Ten Commandments in Schools

Donald Trump supports displaying the Ten Commandments in public schools and other educational venues. On June 21, he posted a dogmatic statement on Truth Social:

I love the Ten Commandments in public schools, private schools and many other places, for that matter. Read it—how can we, as a nation, go wrong? This may be, in fact, the first major step in the revival of religion, which is desperately needed, in our country.

Legal dispute: President Trump’s statement was prompted by a recent Louisiana law requiring the Ten Commandments be displayed in every classroom in public schools and colleges.

Other states, such as Texas, Oklahoma and Utah, want to follow suit, but progressive civil liberties groups claim that displaying the Ten Commandments at public institutions is an unconstitutional step toward government-imposed religion.

Rachel Laser, president and ceo of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, is suing Louisiana Governor Jeff Landry for signing this bill. But her understanding of the Constitution is flawed.

The First Amendment to the Constitution states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” It does not forbid displaying religious texts such as the Ten Commandments in public places. In fact, the U.S. Supreme Court building is decorated with a gigantic statue of Moses holding the Ten Commandments.

Lawless nation: The real reason leftists don’t want Louisiana and other states to publicly display the Ten Commandments is not that they fear Louisiana will establish a state religion. It is because they fundamentally disagree with the moral virtues outlined in the Ten Commandments.

Even conservatives and religious people do not value these commandments as they should, a fact attested to by public opinion polls showing that less than half of Americans can recite all Ten Commandments from memory.

Learn more: Read our free booklet The Ten Commandments to learn more about the 10 basic laws on how to live.