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Mississippi May Mandate Ten Commandments and Pledges to State, U.S. Flags in Schools

Jan 18, 2019

By Ashton Pittman

 — Mississippi law would require schoolchildren to recite the Pledge of Allegiance and see the Ten Commandments be displayed on public-school walls under new bills in the Legislature this session, requirements that may violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. One would also require Mississippi teachers to teach Mississippi’s pledge glorifying the state flag, which contains the Confederate battle emblem in its canton.

State Rep. Credell Calhoun, D-Jackson, introduced House Bill 427, which would amend the Mississippi Constitution to mandate that public-school teachers and principals must display the Ten Commandments. It would require that school officials display the religious laws “on an appropriately framed background with minimum dimensions” of 11×14 inches in all classrooms, auditoriums, and cafeterias, alongside the motto, “In God We Trust.”

Students would have to recite all 10 commandments within the first hour of class each morning. Any teacher or student who objects to reciting it would be excused “without penalty” from reciting the pledge.

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