Wisconsin Anti-Religion Foundation Seeks to Challenge North Dakota’s Ten Commandments Law
The Madison, Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation is beginning to gather evidence to potentially sue the state.
Dan Barker, co-chair of the foundation, said the law is unconstitutional and an attempt to bring Christian values into the classroom.
“Believers are free to have them in churches and in their homes – it is a free country – but they are not free to impose their private religious views on the rest of the students,” he said.
Supporters of the law say it gives schools more freedom and control over the posting of the Ten Commandments and other documents, but Barker argued that they should not be posted in schools at all.
The law also requires that the Ten Commandments be displayed alongside other historical documents. The foundation said in a statement that is against the Stone v. Graham to the United States Supreme Court, which prohibits any display of the Ten Commandments in a public school.
“Putting some dressing around it like ‘Oh, there’s a secular purpose here,” doesn’t erase the religious purpose, ”Barker said.
While state law contains a provision that protects school boards, teachers and administrators from legal liability for Ten Commandments displays, lawyers noted that this would not protect them from federal lawsuits.