The sponsor of Kentucky's new law requiring display of the Ten Commandments in public school classrooms says she is concerned that the law isn't being implemented.
State Rep. Claudia Riner, (D-Louisville), complains that while the intent of her bill was simple, she's afraid it may be "choked to death in red tape."
The law, which took effect in mid-June, says the Kentucky superintendent of public instruction is required to see that copies of the Ten Commandments are displayed on classroom walls - provided that sufficient funds are received in voluntary public contributions to cover the cost of the project.
At last count, the state reported only $11 had been received for the project. Officials of the Kentucky Department of Education said there is little they can do until more money arrives.
Riner, wife of a Bapitst clergyman, says state officials rejected her offer to help raise donations and oversee production of the copies. She estimates the Ten Commandments project would require $17,000 to cover the 31,000 copies needed.
The law specifies that the copies are to be "durable" and "permanent" and measure 16 by 20 inches. Accompanying the text of the commandments will be this statement: "The secular application of the Ten Commandments is clearly seen in its adoption as the fundamental legal code of western civilization and the common law in the United States."