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Kentucky County Removes Ten Commandments from Schools Following Complaint E-mail
Written by Don Byrd   
Monday, 15 April 2013

For years, Breathitt County Schools in Kentucky have displayed the Ten Commandments in classrooms, offices and conference rooms, according to a demand letter sent to the head of schools by the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports on the decision to remove them, rather than face a costly legal battle.

[Larry] Hammond said he sent emails and letters directing principals in the Breathitt County district to remove any Commandments displays. He said he's familiar with similar cases in other school districts over the years.

The news apparently hasn't gone over well in the county. WYMT-TV ran interviews with a number of residents who contended that the Ten Commandments belong in schools.

Despite the preferences of some community members, this is the right decision. Too many counties, in Kentucky especially, have faced skyrocketing legal bills following an ill-fated decision to pursue a losing court battle for Ten Commandments. The walls of school classrooms are no place for teaching religious lessons.

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