The Louisiana governor who made national headlines this week when he signed legislation requiring public schools to display the Ten Commandments is now responding to questions about its dubious constitutionality by questioning whether separation of church and state even exists.

Republican Gov. Jeff Landry signed the bill into law Thursday and even bragged that he welcomed civil rights groups who threatened to sue based on First Amendment violations.

“The First Amendment promises that we all get to decide for ourselves what religious beliefs, if any, to hold and practice, without pressure from the government. Politicians have no business imposing their preferred religious doctrine on students and families in public schools,” the group of civil rights organizations said in a statement.

Appearing Friday on Fox News, Landry faced a similar question from the host, who asked if someone in those schools practices a different religion or background, and they want their rules or covenant on a wall, can they make a valid claim for that.

Landry said they’d have to make that case to the legislature and meet the criteria of the statute. Then he launched into a dubious Constitutional law argument.

“You know, the interesting thing about the First Amendment — I heard it in one of the comments that you played — is this separation of church and state. I challenge anyone who says that to go find me those words in the First Amendment. They don’t exist.”

Landry then referred to the section — known as the Establishment Clause — as a “metaphor breathed into the First Amendment by a liberal Supreme Court in the 1930s….”

From Raw Story

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