Will North Dakota Schools soon be Immune from Lawsuits for Posting the 10 Commandments?
Will North Dakota schools soon be immune from lawsuits for posting the 10 Commandments?
Last month, the Bismarck Tribune reported that the North Dakota Senate voted in favor of a bill that would allow "schools to post the Ten Commandments, permit students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance and provide immunity from legal liability to school officials for either action." As of Wednesday (March 24), the House Judiciary Committee has disregarded advice against passing the bill. However, the bill still has to be considered by the full House. Get the latest information on the push to display the 10 Commandments in North Dakota Schools here.
Janne Myrdal of Edinburg is the Senator who brought the 10 Commandments bill forward, because she (and other proponents of Senate Bill 2308) is concerned about society's ills like teen pregnancy and divorce. She is quoted by the Bismarck Tribune as saying, "I'm sick and tired of us putting Band-Aids on all the things that we see in society that is so scary." Senator Myrdal believes that the word of the Lord will somehow cure those societal ills.
What proponents of this bill fail to realize is that things like sex and divorce do not go hand-in-hand with religion. If these Bible thumping lawmakers truly cared about these types of things, they would be looking for ways to educate children about things like sex and relationships. Rather than wanting to use facts to educate about these topics, some lawmakers would like to use story book lessons to push false morality on innocent kids.
Hopefully, lawmakers will just hope to avoid all potential lawsuits and toss this bill into a burning bush.