ND Allows Ten Commandments In Public Classrooms

The Grand Forks Herald reports:

Gov. Doug Burgum signed legislation Friday, April 16, authorizing North Dakota public schools to post the Ten Commandments in classrooms.

The bill cleared the House and Senate by wide margins earlier this session after lawmakers included provisions to gird against possible lawsuits, including one portion requiring that displays of the Judeo-Christian text appear alongside other historical documents.

Proponents of the bill said displays of the Ten Commandments would help to remedy certain social ills, and its primary sponsor, Sen. Janne Myrdal [photo], an Edinburg Republican, encouraged colleagues not to back away from the proposal out of concerns about legal challenges.

Read the full article. When she introduced the bill, Myrdal bizarrely claimed that posting the Ten Commandments would help alleviate sex trafficking, child sex abuse and crowded jails.

From the far-right Charisma News:

Myrdal stated, “I would think murder is more offensive than, ‘Thou shall not kill.’ I would think theft is more offensive to all of us sitting here than, ‘Thou shall not steal.’” Further, Myrdal said, “No religion opposes the Ten Commandments—atheists do.” Myrdal explained that this isn’t a mandate. “It’s absolutely local control.”