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Republicans pass a bill that would require public schools in Texas to show the Ten Commandments

Republicans in the Texas State Senate have passed two bills that would force public schools to display the Ten Commandments, give students and staff a daily prayer time, and let teachers read the Bible.

Both bills were passed by the Texas State Senate late last week with a vote of 17-12. They will now go to the Texas House of Representatives. The Ten Commandments would have to be shown in all Texas public schools if State Sen. Phil King's (R) plan passes.

“This is an American tradition,” King said. “If schools in Texas do not have it in their funding to [display the Ten Commandments], they can accept private dollars for this.”

The second bill, which is sponsored by Republican State Senator Mayes Middleton, would force public schools to have a daily prayer time for both students and staff. In the same way, the plan would let teachers include readings from the Bible and other religious texts in their lessons.
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Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R), who supports the bills, said, "Allowing the Ten Commandments and prayer back into our public schools is one step we can take to make sure that all Texans have the right to freely express their sincerely held religious beliefs."

“I believe that you cannot change the culture of the country until you change the culture of mankind,” Patrick continued. “Bringing the Ten Commandments and prayer back to our public schools will enable our students to become better Texans.”

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