Judge to hear case of Commandments in Va. schools

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RICHMOND, Va. — Free-speech groups and a southwest Virginia school division are squaring off over a lawsuit challenging the display of the Ten Commandments in a public high school.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia is suing on behalf of a student to remove the Ten Commandments from Narrows High School, saying the display violates the First Amendment’s protection against government endorsement of religion.

The Giles County School Board, represented by Liberty Counsel, has argued that the Commandments are part of a larger presentation that includes other key historical documents.

Both sides are to appear Monday before U.S. District Judge Michael Urbanski in Roanoke, asking him to rule in the case without going to trial.

Urbanski has said he would like to see the issue resolved before the upcoming school year.

Credit: The Associated Press.