SC governor signs Ten Commandments law


June 12, 2008

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford has signed into law a bill allowing governments to post the Ten Commandments and The Lord's Prayer as part of so-called historical displays.

It is the latest of several religious-based bills to become law in the state. Last month, the Republican governor signed legislation advising local governments how to legally pray before meetings.

Earlier this month, he let a bill authorizing an "I Believe" license plate to become law.

Marc Stern with the American Jewish Congress says the bills are an obvious endorsement of religion by legislators in an election year. The group is looking to sue over the license tag.

Supporters say it's time for Americans to defend the country's founding beliefs in religion.

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