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Ten Commandments May Be Posted in Schools

Despite an ongoing lawsuit against counties and school districts that have tried it, the Pulaski County School district has decided to allow the posting of the Ten Commandments in Kentucky.

On October 10, 2000, the Pulaski County Board of Education voted to let groups or individuals hang a copy of the Ten Commandments on school walls. Similar to one already in place in Laurel County, the board adopted this resolution.

Threatening more lawsuits is an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) that already has sued the Harlan County school district and the governments of Pulaski and McCreary counties over their posting of the Ten Commandments. Louisville attorney David Friedman of the ACLU said, "If things keep going on, I guess we'll see more litigation."

To decide whether they want the Ten Commandments displayed will be the decision of the parent-teacher councils at each school in the Pulaski school district. Eleven of fourteen schools have approved it in Laurel County. South Laurel High was the only one to vote no.

Since it places the religious text within a historical display of seven political documents such as the Declaration of Independence, the new resolution is legal said the attorney who drafted it.

Also, the four-page resolution lets groups approach the school districts in the future with requests to hang additional documents noted Larry Bryson of London, the attorney for the school boards in Laurel and Pulaski counties.

(Ty Tagami, "Pulaski schools may post Bible text," Kentucky Herald-Leader, October 12, 2000)

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