Thursday, June 17, 1999 Published at 22:44 GMT 23:44 UK
Ten Commandments for US schools
The gun control debate on Capitol Hill will probably go on late into the night
The House of Representatives, working on a bill to deter juvenile crime, voted on Thursday to permit the display of the 10 Commandments in schools
"The recent shootings in Littleton, Colorado, provide an unfortunate picture of the terror infested in our schools today, children killing children in the halls of our schools, children who do not understand the basic principles of humankind," said Mr Aderholt.
The amendment, he said, was a first step toward reinstilling the value of human life in children influenced by violent culture.
"I understand that simply posting the 10 Commandments will not instantly change the moral character of our nation," he said.
"However, it is an important step to promote morality, and an end of children killing children. "
The vote was criticised by those who say that the amendment violates the separation of church and state.
"I think this is just one more sad example of religion being used as a political football by a Congress which apparently cannot find any real solution to the problem under debate," said Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
The Supreme Court in 1980 struck down as unconstitutional a Kentucky law requiring the posting of a copy of the 10 Commandments in each public school classroom.
The court said such postings violated the required separation of religion and government.