Texas pushing to have Ten Commandments, Bible study in public schools

June 07, 2023

The Texas Senate approved two bills on Thursday that would require public schools to prominently display the Ten Commandments and to set aside prayer and Bible study time for students and employees. The bill does prohibit students from taking part in such prayer or Bible reading sessions unless their parent or guardian submits a signed consent form. The bill also prohibits prayer or the reading of the Bible or another religious text over a public address system. Texas State Capitol (credit: Aleksandr Zykov/Wikimedia Commons)The prayer or Bible reading session also cannot interfere with instructional time. In 2021, the Texas Senate passed a law requiring public schools to display posters reading "In God We Trust" if such posters are donated to them.