(FamilyConservationPAC.com) – Two bills that would mandate public schools to display the Ten Commandments, provide students and staff with a daily prayer session, and permit instructors to read from the Bible have been approved by Republicans in the Texas State Senate.

Both proposals were approved by the Texas State Senate late last week (17-12), and they are now on their way to the state’s House of Representatives.

The Ten Commandments must be displayed in all Texas public schools, according to the first bill, which is being sponsored by State Sen. Phil King (R).

King declared, “This is a tradition in America. “Texas schools may accept private funds for this if it is not in their budget to [display the Ten Commandments].”

The second bill would mandate that public schools provide kids and employees with a daily hour of prayer time. It is sponsored by State Sen. Mayes Middleton (R). The law would let teachers read from the Bible and other sacred books as part of the curriculum.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) of Texas, who supports the legislation, stated that “allowing the Ten Commandments and prayer back into our public schools is one step we can take to make sure that all Texans have the right to freely express their sincerely held religious beliefs.”

Patrick added, “I think you can’t alter the nation’s culture unless you change the culture of humanity. “Reintroducing prayer and the Ten Commandments to our public schools will help our students grow into better Texans.”

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