MISSISSIPPI: Dem Rep Intros Bill Requiring Teachers To Recite The Ten Commandments In Class Every Day

Bustle reports:

On Tuesday, Democratic Mississippi Rep. Credell Calhoun introduced a bill that would impose strict religious requirements on teachers in the state’s public schools. Among other proposed rules, House Bill 1100 would mandate that Mississippi educators read the Ten Commandments every day in the first hour of class.

In addition to reciting the Ten Commandments at the top of every day, teachers would also be required to display the Commandments prominently (at least a poster size of 11×14 inches), along with the U.S. motto “In God We Trust,” in every classroom, school auditorium, and cafeteria. This is a clear violation of The Establishment Clause, which prohibits the federal government from supporting, financially or otherwise, a particular religion.

All school boards would also have to hold a 60-second moment of reflection at the beginning of each school day. This is the only regulation in the bill that doesn’t technically violate the separation of church and state, given that “prayer” isn’t mentioned, and a “moment of reflection” can be interpreted as non-religious.

  • Ham

    Sure, but only if they are recited and displayed in Aramaic as God intended.

    • HoneyBoySmith

      She told me she prefers Arabic.

      • Ham

        I guess Hebrew is actually older but according to the time frame Moses was supposed to be alive, corresponds to Aramaic. That should be concerning to biblical literalists

        • HoneyBoySmith

          I was making a point about language and intolerance.

          I’m quite sure (since we have adequate evidence) that American Christians would be quite agitated if told their children were asked to pray to “Allah.”

          But, “Allah” is simply the Arabic word for “god.”

          Christians who speak Arabic pray to “Allah.”

          I don’t believe in gods, whether you call them Allah or Jehovah or capital-g God. Just wanted to point out the silliness.

        • Ore Carmi

          Hmm… Moses would have spoken Egyptian and Hebrew (both with a lisp, I suppose, from having burnt his tongue as a baby). It was Jesus who spoke Aramaic–more than a thousand years after the supposed life of Moses, and after the Babylonian conquest of the Israelites, which introduced Aramaic to them.

      • iambu

        I mean, it *is* a little more current.

  • Lazycrockett
    • Joe in PA
      • Treant

        Ew.

        And yet if I talk about my penis in public, somehow people get upset.

        • Joe in PA

          Doesn’t stop you though, eh?

          🙂

          • Treant

            It certainly doesn’t seem to stop these chicks, either.

        • Chef Philips

          I must have missed that talk

        • AmeriCanadian

          Well…a picture IS worth a thousand words. Just sayin’.

      • Nowhereman

        Laughed out loud! That is womberful!

        • TheManicMechanic

          I saw that, I did.

    • JWC

      And all the more power to them Women in protest will achieve far more than men at war and a much lower cost

    • kaydenpat

      So when does the NYT turn over its editorial pages to some of these women? Or are they only interested in hearing from bigots who support Trump?

    • Nowhereman

      All over the world, too.

  • Taylor

    Why the Ten Commandments and not Hammurabi’s Code??

    • HoneyBoySmith

      Why the Ten Commandments and not the Bill of Rights?

      • Dreaming Vertebrate

        Dotard Trump (whining): Why the Ten Commandments and not “The Art of the Deal”?

        • HoneyBoySmith

          Even though he is the credited author, I’d bet money that Trump has never read “The Art of the Deal.”

          • Dreaming Vertebrate

            He can’t even read. He’s post-literate.

          • Rebecca Gardner

            Obviously because he can’t read. 🙂

          • Dreaming Vertebrate

            Great minds!

          • Rebecca Gardner

            Indeed!

          • Chef Philips

            Agree, although I would also bet he keeps a copy in his powder-room for guests to peruse, while seated (should they feel so inclined)

    • Rebecca Gardner

      Why the Ten Commandments and not the First Rule of Fight Club?

    • kaydenpat

      Holy Bible, I assume.

  • Lazycrockett

    A female Roy Moore. yay.

    • Rebecca Gardner

      Female?? Credell Calhoun is a black man.

  • Rebecca Gardner
    • Buford

      The only difference between an accepted religion and a whacko cult is how long they’ve been around.

      • Craig Howell

        A cult is simply a new religion, and a religion is just an old cult.

        • Sociologically speaking that’s not accurate.
          But I belong to a cult that has been a religion and faded back to cult status. It works for me.

        • Buford

          That’s what I said.

    • MrRobotoLA

      Wish I could upvote this a hundred times over.

  • Ninja0980

    I’m aware that in some states in order to win, we are going to have Democrats that are more conservative then we’d like.
    But there still has to be a point where we say hell no to certain people and this guy is one of them.

    • zhera

      I’m thinking he’s doing this because it’s an election year. Is his seat up for election?

    • drbrentzenobia

      With friends like these…

    • Chucktech

      His name is “Credell Calhoun.” That tells us much about this… character.

  • IAMBOWLINGGREEN
    • safari

      The Trump Presidency: How an old man who pissed the bed on camera ended up blaming hookers and took down a super power.

    • Rebecca Gardner
      • MBear

        Oh wait… don’t offend the NALTs who will lambaste any critique of their mental deficiencies before ever admitting the fact they are complicit in worldwide fraud and organised oppression and violence

    • Nowhereman

      Megyn Kelly was right! Jesus is not only white, but blond haired and blue eyed. Makes you wonder why Judas had to kiss him to point him out. He must have been the only blond-haired blue-eyed human in that region at that time.

    • kaydenpat

      LOL! Now that is low.

  • GanymedeRenard

    And he’s a Democrat? Wow! Excuse the platitude, but clueless people exist everywhere.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/48161d39f823797a70dd82ec52c928e8cc987a20f01ec251a093e1e4c96d25da.jpg

    • kaydenpat

      I suppose what passes for Democrats in deeply red states wouldn’t pass muster in blue states.

      • GanymedeRenard

        Dixies.

    • Nowhereman

      Kim Davis was a registered democrat too until somebody finally told her that the Dixiecrats became republicans after the Civil Rights Act became law. Sheriff Clarke ran as a democrat, too.

      • GanymedeRenard

        But she was 200 years old when she learned that… Oh, wait…

    • j.martindale

      I think a political commandment is also in order: The government must be designed to do the greatest good for the greatest number.

      This might displace #8.

      • GanymedeRenard

        And yet, I think the commutative property applies here: Changing the order of factors does not change the product.

      • Chucktech

        That should have bee covered under the premise in the Constitution to “Promote the general welfare.” Seems almost quaint these days, doesn’t it?

    • kaydenpat

      If those were the actual Ten Commandments, Christianity would have gone belly up centuries ago.

      • GanymedeRenard

        Commandment for thee, suggestion for me.

    • Uncle Mark

      I suspect that this is a cynical attempt for a politician from an unpopular party in Mississippi to curry votes from the Christianistas. He may know very well this is unconstitutional, knowing that this would never be able to be enforced, but he can claim to “fight for a Christian cause, even tho’ those activist judges/Federal gov’t oppose their ‘holy cause.'” Stupid people will flock to them as their champion

      • GanymedeRenard

        So another lying demagogue populist – I know that’s redundant; by extension, he’s another Trumpista.

      • Octoberfurst

        I agree 100%. In the South, Democrats are seen as pure evil. So to have a CHANCE at winning over the White folk he has to throw them a Biblical bone so to speak. To prove his Jeebus-lovin’ cred no doubt. I’m sure he knows that his law is blatantly unconstitutional.

  • ultragreen

    Mississippi: the Land that Time Forgot

  • Pollos Hermanos
    • 🐾vorpal🐾
      • Nowhereman

        Cats will do things that they know make them look ridiculous but they will never ever admit it!
        Sometimes when I need a vacation, I go look up videos of cats riding roombas or gun nuts doing stupid things with firearms.

        • iambu

          Please don’t weaponize them any further! They’re already made of chaos, knife hands, and malice!

    • kaydenpat

      I love that commandment. That one I will keep.

    • Nowhereman

      Oh, and though shalt have no other kitty before me, or at the same time.

      • Mike_in_the_Tundra

        Her Majesty approves.

    • zhera

      Thou shalt rub Cat’s tummy for 9.4 seconds, not less and not more!

  • teeveedub

    Sometimes I think bullshit of this sort is thought up just to drain the ACLU’s coffers.

  • blackstar
    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      Party before country!
      Traitorous snapping turtle, should hang.
      SNAP!!

    • kaydenpat

      Love President Obama to pieces but he should have went ahead and warned us anyways. What difference would it have made? Plus, it would have made McConnell and the GOP look like the Russian stooges they are.

    • edrex

      so how does that work? how does senate majority leader block potus from revealing that kind of info.?

    • Chucktech

      And Obama said, “Oh. Well, OK…”

      I love Obama, but he was hardly perfect.

  • Floyd

    I’m trying to figure out how Mississippi legislstor would require Missouri teachers to do this. No matter how stupid and illegal it is. Maybe hire editor?

  • safari

    Oh, they’re aiming for a theocracy.

    A bill introduced at the Iowa Statehouse this week would establish a public school course centered on the Bible — sparking outcry from opponents who call it an “extreme piece of legislation.”

    If passed, Iowa would join a small but growing number of states with “Bible literacy” laws that allow or require public schools to offer such courses.

    https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/education/2018/01/18/bill-would-add-bible-literacy-class-iowa-public-schools/1044057001/

    • MBear

      What do you call people most familiar with the bible?

      Atheists

    • This has worked in the past, and hopefully it will work again in the future. But one of the quickest ways to disperse these movements is to ask which version of the bible will they use. The Catholics and Protestants usually get so pissed at each other over this one issue.

  • boatboy_srq

    Hang on: a Mississippi legislator is proposing legislation governing educators in Missouri? Let’s try that again….

    • Joe in PA

      Editing is hard.

  • HandsomeMrToad

    RE: “Dem Rep Intros Bill Requiring Teachers To Recite The Ten Commandments In Class Every Day”

    The entire screenplay???

    • tonyg

      Oh Moses, you stubborn, splendid, adorable fool!

    • “That is Miss Anne Baxter and those are The Moves.”

  • Joe in PA
    • Nowhereman

      I’ll bet that twinkies from biblical times are still viable.

    • kaydenpat

      YUM!!

    • liondon#iamnotatraitor

      Are they kosher?

      • Debbi Lund

        Assuming vegetable shortening instead of lard in the cream filling, likely yes. 🙂

  • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)

    Are they going to include “thou shall not commit adultery”

  • Joe in PA

    Talk about your DIMO. Wow.

  • This was settled in 1963 with Abington School District v. Schempp. It’s long past time to fucking move on.

  • 🐾vorpal🐾

    Exactly two of the ten commandments are law in the US, and those two are general tenets of most systems of law.

    Christianity is not goddamn special. People need to stop pretending that it is.

    • Ham

      Also, Moses wasn’t a Christian

      • zhera

        Neither was Jesus!

        • David Walker

          Oh, sure. Next you’re gonna tell me he wasn’t white.

          • zhera

            Um…. yeah?

          • Bob Conti

            But Santa is.

          • Galvestonian

            I dunno about that I’ve seen a few Afro-American Santas that were kinda cool.

          • Danieruw

            Is that you, Megyn Kelly?

          • Bob Conti

            Yes. Yes it is.

      • Nowhereman

        Nor was Jesus. Try and explain THAT to his followers…

      • liondon#iamnotatraitor

        Neither is Trump.

    • GanymedeRenard

      There you are with your pesky facts again. Ugh! /s

    • kaydenpat

      Sadly, the White Evangelicals who are running this country via Pence don’t see things quite that way.

    • Buford

      I wish there was a commandment against worshipping statues of stone tablets…

    • Chucktech

      Unfortunately, religion in general and Christianity in particular are special in this country. They enjoy an entitlement and privilege and special rights. It costs us tax money to prop up christianity. And it’s way past time for that shit to stop.

      I hope Mississippi is sue out of business over this.

      • wmforr

        Don’t worry, we toss a sop to the Jews by saying “Judeo-Christian”. Who was it that made the mistake of contrasting Islam to the “Abrahamic religions”, not realizing that Islam is an Abrahamic religion?

    • Chris Baker

      Yes, that’s really silly when they say American constitution was based on the 10 commandments, or whatever. In what country is murder or theft legal?

      In fact, much of the Bill of Rights is un-Christian: freedom of speech/press, freedom of religion, etc. There is nothing more UN-christian that allowing other religions to have freedom to practice.

      Setting aside non-Judeo-Christian religions, there are at least 3 different versions of the 10 commandments: the Jewish, the Catholic and the Protestant versions that are slightly different, or divided different ways. So to choose one version would be a stamp of approval on a particular Christian or Jewish interpretation.

      • DN

        Additionally, the first amendment says the exact opposite of the first commandment!

    • SFBruce

      Very true, and the First Amendment makes that “unspecialness” very clear by ensuring religious liberty for everyone. The only other commandment that’s remotely related to our laws is the one that forbids lying. Obviously only certain kinds of “bearing false witness” are illegal, which is lucky for little Donnie. Otherwise, he’d have been locked up long ago.

    • Herald

      Two are law (murder, stealing), four are generally good advice (coveting, honoring your parents, not lying about others, not cheating on your spouse) and then four more are just explicitly about God polishing his own apple and saying how awesome he is. It’s the most ridiculous text to take seriously.

    • It Takes a Village, People

      I hate to tell you but the Christianists think the Bill of Rights is based on the Ten Commandments. Which proves that they’ve read neither, but that they do know how to count to ten.

  • Treant

    Lawsuit, law struck down, whining.

    There, I’ve successfully predicted the future of that bill.

  • Adam Stevens

    As long as the rules and regulations of Satanists, Muslims, and others are read aloud following the 10 Commandments reading, I have no problem with this.

  • Barry S G

    Only if the decalogue is recited in the original Biblical Hebrew. /s

    • clay

      (still have two different versions)

  • PickyPecker
    • Joe in PA

      LOL, I’d forgotten about that. Great!

    • Tom Mears

      Oy, I luv Mel Brooks.

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    • LeeCMH

      Exactly what were those 5 missing commandments?

  • JWC

    Fully and utterly against the constitution of the United States If that document is still remotely relevant, and not just a side arm of the GOP

  • joe ho

    One more Trump SCOTUS judge and this will be considered constitutional.

    Two more statehouses fall under GOP control and they can change the constitution to make Xtianity the state religion.

    • GanymedeRenard

      Scary!

  • johnnybc

    Mississippi goddamn

    • Nowhereman

      They’re trying to out-do Alabama.

  • HZ81

    Um, no. You are fired. Into space, hopefully.

  • The_Wretched

    Xtian magic is offensive, boring and unconstitutional.

    DEMS, a little quality control on your candidates would be nice. If they are the same as Republican nut jobs, why vote for them?

  • BigGuy

    During the 30 years war, 160 years before the USA constitution was written, some German towns lost over 80% of their population as Catholics and Protestants fought to the death to prove what good Christians they were.

    Our forefathers wanted religion out of government and government out of religion. Their knowledge of European history informed their decision making. They were right about that. This legislator in MS is wrong.

  • boobert
  • MBear

    Shithole state

  • Nowhereman

    Oh FFS! It’s for damn sure they’re not teaching the constitution.

    • Treant

      Or anything else, for that matter. Science? Jeebus did it. Math? Uh…use a calculator. History? The South Shall Rise Again!

  • kaydenpat

    Because there are no churches in Mississippi. And it’s impossible for the children to recite the 10 Commandments in the sanctity of their homes.

  • LarryChemEngr

    This is just another stunt by the Jebus Lovers to try and get everyone to pay attention to them. boring.

  • Tom Mears

    I’m all for this…provided they give Church of Satan, Christian Scientists, Sufi, Suni, & Shia Muslims, Mormons, Jews, Buddhists, Sikhs, Hindu, Shintoists, Taoists, Santería, Navajo, Hopi, Cherokee, Souix, Crow, Aleuts, Inuits, FSM, Scientologists, Native American Church, etc., etc., etc. equal time. I figure the Baptists will get one day a year or less by the time all the other legitimate religions have had their turn.

    Personally I am looking forward to Native American Church day when the kids get to participate in the peyote ceremony.

    • Reality.Bites

      Nope. I have the right to not be subjected to ANYONE’s imaginary friends.

  • Sam_Handwich
  • blackstar
    • Chucktech

      Nice, but… can we lose the fucking emojis already??

  • -M-

    Ask him, “Which version?”

    • GanymedeRenard

      Ha!

    • Chucktech

      the won jeezis done brung us

  • Friday’s_cat

    Proving Democrats won’t be out crazied by their republican counterparts.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    Let’s start a pool on what day he will be found with a girl or a boy.

  • Chef Philips

    So unconstitutional, it burns.

    • MBear

      Not for long

  • blackstar
    • Friday’s_cat

      Found for sale on ebay?

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Say what now ??
    No, I don’t think so !!

  • jimbo65

    Wonder if this asshole lawmaker can recite them? And while we’re at it the ones pushing for drug testing of welfare and unemployment recipients should be the first ones to rake a piss test.

    • whollyfool

      I was also wondering if they could name the 10 commandments.

  • CanuckDon

    A 60-second moment of reflection at the beginning of each school day….like this?

    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_5S8izeHOhIc/TToiwDHQmsI/AAAAAAAAIaI/AXn_m2Ku3Cg/s1600/queen.jpg

  • blackstar
  • DisqusD37

    Get the fuck out of here.

  • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

    OT: Now this is funny!

    Kimberly-Clark, maker of Kleenex and Huggies, says tax bill helps fund plan that includes more than 5,000 layoffs

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/business/wp/2018/01/23/kimberly-clark-maker-of-kleenex-and-huggies-says-tax-bill-helps-fund-plan-that-includes-more-than-5000-layoffs/?utm_term=.1aea6a302970

    • BobSF_94117

      I’m rather surprised they have so many employees. What do they do, fold Kleenex tissues by hand?

      • Friday’s_cat

        More like they have their fingers in other pies besides paper products.

    • BobSF_94117

      From the article:

      “We are moving to a global business services platform for our more
      transactional and standard work,” Henry said Tuesday. “And when you do
      that, when you think about it, we are removing a role that is in
      country, so we are paying the full severance on that position that we
      are taking out, and we are hiring that role in a different location in
      our shared services center.”

      Donald Trump and the GOP: creating more jobs…. overseas.

  • shellback
  • OdieDenCO

    Mississippi proving once again why they rank last in education

  • GanymedeRenard

    Also, if this were to become a law, then I’d suggest that an analogous law should be enforced to recite, say, the laws of Newton during church services – and yes, I know Newton was a Christian, but he also believed in the occult. So there.

  • hoover2001

    This guy’s a Democrat. Mississippi really is living in another century.

    • whollyfool

      Phil Ochs’ Here’s to the State of Mississippi

      “the calender is lyin’ when it reads the present time”

      Kind of feel like all the states have set the clock back lately though.

  • Ninja0980

    Sad to say, this law will likely make it to the 5th Circuit at some point.
    And by the time Trump and Republicans are done with it, it will be an even worse court then it was after W got through with it.
    This law will be rubber stamped by them no problem.
    Elections have consequences folks, they truly do.

    • Chef Philips

      Agree that elections have consequences, but I’m not quite as pessimistic about this as you, Ninja0980.

      Before such a law reaches the Fifth Circuit, it has to pass both houses of Mississippi’s legislature and then be signed by its Governor. That seems unlikely–but not impossible. It also has to pass through the federal district court, first.

      The Fifth Circuit is definitely a conservative court, but I do not believe they would “rubber stamp” such a law. Call me an optimist, or a fool. 😎

  • whollyfool

    We could read some of these maybe since they never seem to be mentioned in church: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/6120373/Top-10-worst-Bible-passages.html

    Or perhaps a nice passage from the Koran?

  • bkmn

    Holier than thou is not a good color. I wish more pastors and preachers would point out that behaving like that is not very Christian.

  • Blueflash

    Good and let the kids be surprised that they make no mention of homosexuality or abortion. Ooops.

  • leastyebejudged

    That’s one way to get the religious craycray vote !

  • Lars Littlefield

    I would prefer that a different passage from The Tibetan Book of the Dead be read each day. But that’s just me.

  • Ninja0980

    RIP Ursula K. Le Guin.

    • Friday’s_cat

      The one writer I smiled upon hearing of his demise was that Nazi Robert Heinlein.

      • Paula

        I’ve read a lot of his work.

      • Dazzer

        When Philip K Dick was going through one of his many periods of penury and had pawned his typewriter to buy food for his family, Robert Heinlein was the only other sci-fi writer who stepped in to help.

        He bought Dick a new typewriter, told him to keep on writing and slipped him some money to keep him going through a bad patch.

        I don’t agree with a lot of Heinlein’s political views, but he had an essential streak of personal human decency and appreciation of artistry that ran deep through his soul.

    • Chef Philips

      NO! Say it’s not so. (Crying.)

      [Edited: Damn, it’s so.]

    • Paula

      Oh damn, another favorite gone. RIP Ursula.
      I am still sad about Jerry Pournelle.
      Harry Turtledove should be in protective custody.

  • shellback
    • Cuberly Deux

      HA!….one of the first things that popped in my head.

  • Droz

    I may be a simple country hyper-chicken, but could this be a “Modest Proposal” meant to finally settle and secure the wall between church and state? Propose legislation that is so egregiously in violation of the 1st Amendment that, once it is struck down by SCOTUS, becomes precedent for blocking any other religious bullshit from being put up on public grounds or funded with public monies?

    Serious question as I find it difficult to find much on the record of Rep. Credell Calhoun other than a picture of him between Michelle and Barack.

  • Achilles Tsakiridis

    “But teacher , if it says we shouldn’t lie , steal , covet , committ adultory or take his name in vain … why does the President get to? ” —

    • RJ Bone

      Because he’s christian, child. Now get to prayin’ and give them 1/10 of your lunch money.

  • Friday’s_cat

    Good to see Mississsippi has money to waste defending this crap.
    We had one on these loons on a local school board thought he was going to ram Creationism down students throats. The fools went to court thinking they had the financial backing of one of those “Religious Freedom ” groups to help with legal expenses.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kitzmiller_v._Dover_Area_School_District

    • whollyfool

      Wow. That was quite a read.

      Unbelievable that anyone thinks that religious freedom means you can shove your religion down other people’s throats.

  • juanjo54

    Which version will they use? The reality is that there are differences between the Jewish version, the Catholic version, the orthodox version, and the Protestant version because apparently, religious fanatics cannot agree on the wording of the 10 Commandments

    • Friday’s_cat

      They could go with modern day english gender neutral like the 7th commandment.
      Don’t be boning your bud’s squeeze.

    • clay

      Just like the Lord’s Prayer, it would be used (again, as it was 200-50 years ago) to attack Roman Catholics as much as Jews, atheists, and Muslims (surely there are at least some Muslims in Jackson and maybe Biloxi).

  • Ninja0980

    https://twitter.com/LambdaLegal/status/955924846181003266
    As I said below, imagine this law coming before the Hobby Lobby guy.
    How do you think he’ll rule on this?

  • thatotherjean

    Paging the ACLU. . .ACLU to the white courtesy phone, please. . .

    It’s not as though the Mississippi legislature doesn’t know that this is all unconstitutional. Why are they wasting taxpayers’ money? Have poverty and inequality disappeared from the state?

    • Reality.Bites

      They aren’t. One rep is grandstanding. One rep has introduced an idiotic bill that will not likely come to a vote considering his party doesn’t control the government

  • ChrisMorley

    Bustle seems a bit crap at this reporting business

    “Democratic Mississippi Rep. Credell Calhoun introduced a bill” ….

    “House Bill 1100 would mandate that Missouri educators….”

    • ChrisMorley

      Or is the Mississippi Rep. really that dumb?

  • Dazzer

    TOTALLY O/T (BUT INTERESTING):
    A rather lovely and interesting obituary for the “Grandmother of the Internet”.

    Mary Lee Berners-Lee was an absolutely fascinating woman and a major pioneer in computer science and women’s rights.

    https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/jan/23/mary-lee-berners-lee-obituary

    • whollyfool

      Wow, thanks so much! I had never heard of her. I’m a huge fan of Grace Hopper, but I’ve got lots of room in my pantheon. 🙂

  • Blake Mason
  • TexasBoy

    Well, I’m guessing the bill doesn’t mandate it be read in English. 😉

  • JCF

    Oh Lord: I saw the word “Dem”, and thought “this is a trap for Rethugs!” 😀

    But Mississippi (gawddamn).

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/408ef77af55c990b1e3406ef10d841d26472438f868c88ba78d831ed591f72c2.jpg

  • JAKvirginia

    “…shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion…”

    • GanymedeRenard

      Oh, don’t be so Constitution-y. There’s room for everyone in this made-again-great country! / s

  • TrollopeReader

    Only if someone reads them to Trump and Melania every morning, and to the House and Senate (perhaps with names) and at every Cabinet meeting. (emphasis on greed and lust) …..

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Um yeah, like I’m a dirty for’ner and all, but even I know this is completely illegal under the Constitution…oops, sorry, I forgot, it’s now considered a guideline only, not at all legal under the current misadministration.

  • Duh-David

    Time for Bobby Henderson to demand equal time for “Flying Spaghetti Monsterism” again?

  • clay

    The moment of quiet reflection is currently optional.
    Schools/Teachers are already required to post the motto.

  • Lars Littlefield

    OT: The James Dean of German cinema. He was a real dreamboat and openly bisexual. So dreamy.

  • dcurlee

    First surprised it’s a democrat but I can tell you if they ever tried to implement that at my kids schools I’d be first in line to sue

  • andrew

    Don’t stop with requiring the children to recite the mythological Moses’ Ten Commandments, Have them recite the ancient codes of laws of Hammurabi and Draco.

  • Dan R Francis

    No! Keep your delusional fairy tales OUT of school! Americans are stupid and delusional enough already. Someone get the ACLU and FFRF on this, STAT!

  • Wynter Marie Starr

    I’d recite parts of the Constitution, but I’d be fired before reciting the commandments.

    • iambu

      Not to mention, reciting parts of the Constitution every day is like, ACTUALLY useful education.

      • Karl Dubhe 2

        The kids would tune it out, like anything else they’ve got to do everyday. 🙂

        • iambu

          Well, they gotta take the Constitution test anyway, and they’d have chunks of committed to memory by then.

        • iambu

          Semi-related, I went to Catholic school and we had to say a Hail Mary and an Our Father at the beginning of each day (and depending on the teacher, at the start of each class). I had them memorized in kindergarten, but until 3rd grade, I actually thought each prayer was just one, long, super holy magic word.

  • Paula

    How could they make me say it if I am not a x-tian? They would be violating my religious freedom.I would become a Satanist just to fuck with them.

  • iambu

    *clears throat*
    1. The fuck??
    2. Why???
    3. NO.

  • narutomania

    What a moroonic fuck-turd.

    Even IFF such a thing were constitutional and passed blah blah crazy blah unchallenged yadda yadda … how would this idiot propose that such a law be enforced? Are they going to have secret drones or the 10 Commandments Police stationed in every room?

    Sheesh. What a moroon.

  • Karl Dubhe 2

    Inspiring children to commit blasphemy is a bad thing.

    In addition to the fact that it’s not allowed under your constitution. But, hey, why not spend a few million on a useless court case? It’s For JESUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • justmeeeee

    O. M. F. G.

  • Jay George

    Thou shalt not be an asshole.
    Thou shalt not violate the Constitution.
    Thou shalt come do this tremendously demanding job for shitty pay and no gratitude and recitieth that bullshit yourself.

  • RJ Bone

    Somebody had better fucking primary that nutjob.

  • andrew

    Check out: ” Did Moses Exist?” The Myth of The Israelite Lawgiver by D.M. Murdock. Awesome scholarly read.

  • Oscarlating Wildely

    Somewhat related: I am sure that God’s peaceful people are making her feel real welcome in their tiny town.

    https://www.cnn.com/2018/01/23/us/louisiana-school-prayer-lawsuit/index.html

    And note: yea, no way that this is constitutional. Want your Jesus? Go to Mary Mother of God School down the lane.

  • Richard B

    Though his proposal is mostly unconstitutional, I am sure Rep. Credell Calhoun was trying to be well intentioned.
    It is political thinking like this that keeps superstitious Mississippi jockeying in competition with Alabama for last place in almost every conceivable quality of life measurement a state can have.
    The best way to be successful is model yourself after those who are.
    Rep. Credell Calhoun should be proposing legislation for Mississippi that is modeled after other states’ laws he would like to be more like.

    • Oscarlating Wildely

      superstitious Mississippi

      Religion is superstition. It’s antithetical to rational thought. The more that it creeps into public policy the more that it hurts advancement of a just and enlightened society.

  • EdA

    https://ballotpedia.org/Credell_Calhoun

    This is so incredibly and facially unconstitutional that I sincerely hope that he is doing this as a spoof — unless he would also expect teachers to point out that Benedict Trump is a clear violator of at least seven of the Ten Commandments and that the typical Republiscum has broken at least five.

    The guy has been running unopposed for several elections, and it appears that he’s not given to proposing pointless legislation (or any other legislation) that it’s hard to understand why he would bother. At age 74 he’s hardly likely to be seeking publicity for higher office.

  • Ninja0980

    https://deadspin.com/tennys-sandgren-deleted-all-his-tweets-like-the-one-wh-1822339688
    Well..looks like Margret Court will have someone to join her in the racist, bigoted tennis players club.

    • Dazzer

      You can tell he’s a bigoted fuckwit because he’s busy purging all the obnoxious tweets from his online history.

      A nasty, vile member of the human race.

  • Stubenville

    So what other religious texts will be mandated? I’m looking forward to the Pastafarian one…

    • RoFaWh

      It’ll be a rephrasing of “Beard on Pasta” in Jacobian English.

  • pleasebereasonable1

    Yeah that’ll pass constitutional muster…

  • Clive Johnson
  • Herald

    Congrats on being more of a religious wacko than most republicans, dude.

  • RainbowPhoenix

    Well, right-wingers and their children could certainly do with a reminder about not bearing false witness against their neighbors.

  • But what about non-christian teacher’s sincerely held beliefs?

    • Gregory In Seattle

      “Sincerely held beliefs” are protected only when they are MY beliefs, of course.

    • Halou

      We’re talking about the freedom of religion here, as in the freedom of an entire religion as opposed to the freedom of individual religious people.

  • Frostbite

    I’m curious why, it’s not like the religious right actually follow them.

  • Gregory In Seattle

    Which one? There are three variations of the 10 Commandments in the Bible, and a very large number of translations from which to chose.

    • From the original, or course, in the language it was written in — the King James Version.

  • Bob Conti

    Credell Calhoun. I’ve gotta say, that’s the best name I’ve heard since Foghorn Leghorn.

  • LesbianTippingHabits


    I think this is a great idea./s

    Provided, of course, that every member of the Mississippi Legislature who votes in favor of this must take a polygraph to ensure his/her compliance with every single Commandment.

    • Dazzer

      :-)))))))

      Excellent suggestion!

  • Galvestonian

    WHAT ? A Democrat ??? Oh shit — NO,No,no, NO, NO !!! WTF happened to the liberals in Mississippi ?

    • Halou

      This IS liberal for Mississippi?

    • Ann Kah

      In Mississippi? You’ve got to be kidding!

  • Paula

    Could I paraphrase some of them?
    i.e. You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain. >
    Don’t say fuck jeebus!

  • Outrageous. How can people vote for this?

  • Asshole has to know it’s unconstitutional. It’s a stunt and he’s just trying to stir up shit.

  • Ann Kah

    OK, then they can all explain “adultery” to the kindergarten kids.

    • Tor

      A girl in my Sunday school asked that very question. The minister who was teaching the class got very flustered, and the best he could come up with was “it’s a form of unfaithfulness.” We were still confused.

  • Lawerence Collins
  • David
  • fuow

    This Supreme Court will let it stand. Thanks, non-voters.

  • Charles Nelson

    I thought that all of the DixieCrats had switched their allegiance and become Confederate Republicans?

  • mark99k

    Mississippi — the state so backward, even its least conservative politicians are theocrats.

  • TexasBoy

    I think they should be read in the language in which they were originally written…or Klingon…whichever the teacher chooses.

    • Leo Tallant

      In Klingon ??? Oh great, now we are going to have school kids pleading for the dead in Sto-vo-kor every morning? “Kahless. We implore you to remember those warriors who have fallen in your name. Lift them out of the cavern of despair and reveal yourself to them in all your glory. Remember Kolax, son of Amar. Remember Taleezh, daughter of Kayreen. Remember L’Naan daughter of Krevek”.
      That should go over well with the fundies.

      I like your better idea of the original language, I doubt the students nor the teacher could pronounce half of the words. The ancient Hebrew seems much harder than Klingonese LOL.

  • ‘Til Tuesday

    In Mississippi the most liberal Democrat would be a conservative Republican in any other state. Remember, this is the state that passed the law allowing physicians and surgeons to withhold medical care from LGBT people. They can even refuse to treat them in an emergency room. The only thing they can’t do is let you die, but anything up to that point is allowed to be withheld.

    Mississippi is the worst fucking state in America. If my company didn’t have signed contracts with the state I would refuse to set foot in that hell hole. Highest percentage of people in poverty, worst level of healthcare, worst education, and on and on – they rank either 49th or 50th on a host of things. Occasionally Alabama or Louisiana is worse.

    It’s not just gay people. It’s still horribly racist. It’s the only state where blacks people still have to go to certain locations to get served by state government. And there are still “no go” areas that black people don’t dare venture into. I do work with several state agencies and I’ve heard people saying the most outrageously racist stuff. Being openly racist in Mississippi is not frowned on – it’s a part of every day life there.

    In any event, Evangelical Christianity is entirely engrained in every area of the state. It’s the closest thing America has to a religious theocracy. Evangelical Christianity is an official part of state agency operations, county operations, and city operations.It’s all but the official state religion. Prayer an Bible reading is still done in Mississippi public schools – they don’t recognize the Supreme Court ruling on that.

    Please don’t visit Mississippi you can avoid it. It’s the most anti-gay state in America.

  • Hamp Simmons

    They’ll have to recite them since the kids probably can’t read or write them.

  • DN

    60-second “moment of reflection…”

    My ex tried that at Thanksgiving dinner to placate his father who would normally insist on saying grace. But it was in our house and I’d prepared all the food, so I felt I had a say in it. A “moment of reflection” was the compromise. It was prayer. And it was compulsory.

    And I gave my ex many outs: he could cook the food; we could order pre-made food; I could leave the room; etc. None of them made him happy. The only thing that would make him happy was letting his dad impose religion on me.

  • Billysees

    Here’s what should be read aloud before each school day. And there are other ones I haven’t got to yet that present ‘loving attitudes’. They should replace the original Ten Commandments —

    1. Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother’s way…..Romans 14:13
    2. Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God…..Romans 15:7
    3. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love….Ephesians 4:2
    4. …all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble….1 Peter 3:8
    5. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves…..Philippians 2:3
    6. Be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone…..Titus 3:2
    7. Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven…..Luke 6:37
    8. ABOVE ALL, LOVE EACH OTHER DEEPLY, because love covers over a multitude of sins..….1 Peter 4:8
    9. Let your gentle spirit be known to all men…..Philippians 4:5
    10. Don’t seek your own good, but the good of others…….. 1 Corinthians 10:24
    11. Follow after the things that make for peace……Romans 14:19
    12. If you love only those who love you, what reward will you get?………Matthew 5:46, Luke 6:32
    Here’s a big one —
    13. In everything, treat others as you would want them to treat you, for this fulfills the law and the prophets……Jesus..…Matthew 7:12, Luke 6:31

    In fact, perhaps they should be shoved down peoples throats until they choke on them. That way they’ll remember them better.

  • Dunkerblinker

    Who turned up the crazy in the south?

  • R W C

    Braise the lard and pass the No.2 pencils!

  • MoonDragon

    Screw this and ditch The Pledge while you’re at it. Have everyone recite the Preamble to the Constitution.

  • Gene Perry

    I’ll give you 10 bucks if every member of the MS legislature who votes for this can actually recite the 10 Commandments (from memory) him/herself

  • JIM W

    Why not include a crucifix in each classroom or require all students to wear a cross pendant around their necks?

  • wmforr

    So, the poorest State in the country with the worst education system is prepared to squander millions in lawsuits that they will inevitably lose? Will they require teachers to swear “Jesus is Lord”?

  • Gianni

    Such showboating! The taxpayers had better hope the rest of their elected representatives aren’t as stupid as this doofus is. He’s already wasting their money by wasting the time presenting this. Any halfwit knows that unconstitutional nonsense like this doesn’t get anywhere in the courts.

  • Gregory Peterson

    Well, considering that white pro-slavery evangelicals back in the 1850’s used three of the ten Commandments as “proof texts” that God, at the very least, condoned slavery and therefore so should everyone as it’s God’s Law …

    Not to mention that the 10th Commandment is also very sexist…

    I’m not sure if that’s a good idea.