*** DEBUG END ***

Ten Commandments in Louisiana schools backed by Trump

05 July 2024


Donald Trump speaks at a campaign event at 180 Church in Detroit in mid-June

Donald Trump speaks at a campaign event at 180 Church in Detroit in mid-June

DONALD TRUMP has endorsed a new law which requires the Ten Commandments to be displayed in every school classroom in Louisiana, following the publication of the results of a poll showing that his supporters believe that the Bible should influence US lawmaking.

The poll was carried out by Pew Research in February and April and has revealed that two-thirds of Trump supporters believe that the Bible should influence lawmaking. The same proportion of President Biden’s supporters say that it should have little or no influence on the laws of the United States.

When asked which should have primacy, the will of the people or the Bible, 45 per cent of Trump voters said that the Bible should have more influence, compared with just 15 per cent of Biden voters. A majority of both groups, however, say that religion should be kept separate from government policy, although Trump supporters believe that policies should support religious values.

Mr Trump’s backing of the Louisiana law comes as he seeks to galvanise support from the religious right, which has overwhelmingly backed him in previous elections. According to an AP Votecast survey, four in ten of Trump voters identify as white Evangelical Christians. At a gathering of the politically conservative Faith and Freedom Coalition at the weekend, Mr Trump said: “Has anyone read the ‘Thou shalt not steal’? I mean, has anybody read this incredible stuff? It’s just incredible.’’

He had previously posted on his social media network “I love the Ten Commandments in public schools, private schools, and many other places, for that matter. Read it — how can we, as a nation, go wrong???”

The Louisiana Bill has already led to legal challenges from civil liberties groups. The Bill requires every classroom which receives state funding to display the text prominently on a poster. Complainants say that such a display violates the First Amendment of the US Constitution, which guarantees freedom of religion.

A similar law in Kentucky was struck down by the US Supreme Court in 1980.

Mr Trump called on Christians to vote, saying “Go and vote Christians, please!” Evangelical Christian support for Mr Trump does not appear to have been swayed by his conviction for falsifying business records to cover up a hush money payment to the porn star Stormy Daniels before the 2016 election.

Speaking to the Independent newspaper, one pastor at the Coalition conference on Saturday said: “We’re not looking for somebody who necessarily is going to live out our faith in all its particulars. We’re looking for someone who’s going to defend our right to live our faith. He’s going to give us the freedom to live our faith.”

Some analysts believe, however, that it won’t be Evangelical Christian votes that swing the election, but the votes of other faith groups in swing states, including “mainline” Protestants and Catholics. Greg Smith, from Pew Research, said that “white non-Evangelical Protestants and white Catholics” were at the centre of the political spectrum, and that the gaps between the two parties were much closer among these two groups.

Browse Church and Charity jobs on the Church Times jobsite

Forthcoming Events

Green Church Awards

Awards Ceremony: 6 September 2024

Read more details about the awards


Festival of Preaching

15-17 September 2024

The festival moves to Cambridge along with a sparkling selection of expert speakers

tickets available


Inspiration: The Influences That Have Shaped My Life

September - November 2024

St Martin in the Fields Autumn Lecture Series 2024

tickets available



Festival of Faith and Literature

28 February - 2 March 2025

The festival programme is soon to be announced sign up to our newsletter to stay informed about all festival news.

Festival website


Visit our Events page for upcoming and past events 

Welcome to the Church Times


To explore the Church Times website fully, please sign in or subscribe.

Non-subscribers can read four articles for free each month. (You will need to register.)