DAILY CATHOLIC     MONDAY     June 21, 1999     vol. 10, no. 119

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HOUSE PASSES PROPOSAL ALLOWING TEN COMMANDMENTS IN PUBLIC BUILDINGS

          WASHINGTON, DC (CWNews.com) - The US House of Representatives passed an amendment on Thursday allowing the posting of the Ten Commandments in public buildings, including schools.

          The House voted 248-180 to allow states to decide whether the Ten Commandments could be posted on state property. The bill's sponsor, Rep. Robert Aderholt, R-Alabama, said: "Simply posting the Ten Commandments will not change the moral character of our nation overnight. However, it is one step that states can take to promote morality and work toward an end of children killing children."

          The proposal is an amendment to a youth crime bill, raised after the school shootings in Littleton, Colorado several months ago. Democrats said the measure is unconstitutional because it would impose one religion over others.

          Another religious-freedom proposal was defeated. Rep. Mark Souder, R-Indiana, had proposed banning the federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention from producing any materials that "undermine" or "denigrate" the religious beliefs of anyone in programs authorized in the juvenile justice legislation. Democrats said the measure could damage hate crime prevention programs, saying hate crimes sometimes have their sources in religious beliefs.

          A third proposal that allows faith-based organizations access to grants from the legislation passed 346-83.


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June 21, 1999       volume 10, no. 119
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