March 5, 2012
The Georgia legislature is close to allowing Ten Commandments displays back into schools and government buildings, Baptist Press reports. Current Georgia law permits display of the Ten Commandments only in courthouses and judicial buildings when accompanied by eight other same-sized texts -- including the Magna Carta, the Mayflower Compact, the U.S. Declaration of Independence, the national anthem, the national motto and the Bill of Rights -- but the Georgia House voted 161-0 on Feb. 28 to expand that law to include all government buildings and schools. The bill has seen little opposition and has a high chance of passing the Senate. "If you look at the law of the United States, we have a lot of laws that are based on the Christian and Jewish Ten Commandments so I felt that was a very appropriate item to be put in there," said Rep. Tommy Benton, a Republican who sponsored the bill.