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Nov 09, 2018 by Alyssa Duvall

Alabama Voters Approve Amendment To Allow Public Ten Commandments Displays

On Tuesday, Alabamans voted overwhelmingly in favor of an amendment allowing for the public display of the Ten Commandments according to certain “constitutional” standards. While the bill's sponsors and proponents hail it as a step forward for religious liberty, it undoubtedly has its opponents.

The amendment, favored by more than 71 percent voters, reads, “Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, providing for certain religious rights and liberties; authorizing the display of the Ten Commandments on state property and property owned or administrated by a public school or public body; and prohibiting the expenditure of public funds in defense of the constitutionality of this amendment.”

The amendment’s leading advocate, Dean Young, said of its approval, “The people we were hearing from are super excited to have this opportunity to go down in history as the first state to acknowledge that we want God, that is the Christian God, in their Constitution. This is the first time in the history of the country that a state has taken such a stand in acknowledging the God of the Old and New Testament.”

The amendment’s primary sponsor, Senator Gerald Dial, believes its passage by popular vote is an important reflection of American values: “I think this sends a strong message not only to the state but to the whole nation that this country is founded upon the principle of the Ten Commandments, and I think it will be a step forward.”

In predictable opposition to the measure, ACLU of Alabama declared that the amendment "will encourage public bodies to erect constitutionally questionable religious displays featuring the Ten Commandments and give officials false comfort that they will be safe from costly litigation as a result. They will not be.”



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