Virginia Schools Remove 10 Commandments

3:58 PM, Feb 22, 2011   |    comments
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A southwest Virginia school system has again removed all displays of the Ten Commandments, a month after re-posting them despite concerns that doing so was unconstitutional.

School officials say the Giles County School Board voted Tuesday to remove the framed, 4-foot-tall, biblical texts.

The Ten Commandments had been posted in the district's five schools and technology center for at least a decade next to framed copies of the U.S. Constitution. School officials removed down in December after a resident complained.

The board reversed its decision Jan. 20 after parents and ministers argued that schools had a moral obligation to reinforce God's teachings.

Civil-rights groups say the displays violated the Constitution's separation of church and state.

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