MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP)_Some state senators want to make sure that every public school has the Ten Commandments displayed and that every school day begins with students and teachers reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.
Bills that would put both requirements into law won approval today in the state Senate Education Committee. The bills now go to the Senate for consideration.
One of the bills, by state Senator Curt Lee, would require each public school in Alabama to display framed or mounted copies of the Ten Commandments, Magna Carta, Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights. Lee says the documents provide the foundation for American government and they should be on display daily in every public school in Alabama.
The other bill, by Senator Bradley Byrne, says teachers and students in Alabama's public schools must say the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of each school day. Byrne's bill would allow those with objections to opt out.
Larry Darby of the Atheist Law Center criticized the Pledge of Allegiance bill as "government-coerced political speech."