To show his support for students forbidden to post copies of the Ten Commandments in Giles County Public Schools, Jacob Agee and fellow members of the Floyd County High School chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes posted copies on their lockers.
And school administrators took them down.
Now they can go back up while the school board and superintendent Terry Arbogast review and revise an overall school policy on posting things on lockers, Arbogast told the Liberty Counsel this week.
Writes Amy Matzke-Fawcett in The Roanoke Times
Floyd High School students can again post the Ten Commandments on their lockers — for now.
“We have decided to review our policy and procedures to put in writing more specific guidelines for students,” Floyd County Superintendent Terry Arbogast wrote in a letter this week to the Liberty Counsel.
“Until that review and publication occurs, Jacob will be permitted to place on his locker a copy of the Ten Commandments as requested.”
Jacob Agee is the Floyd County High School student named in the Liberty Counsel’s original letter to the school system, dated Feb. 24 stating school administrators should allow students to repost the Ten Commandments.
According to the Liberty Counsel, Agee and other members of the school’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes posted copies of the commandments in response to a decision by Giles County Public Schools to take down copies there. School administrators removed the postings soon after.
This matter should be resolved as a First Amendment issue of free speech and leave religion out of the debate. Removing the postings was censorship — nothing more, nothing less.