A Never-Ending Battle
for the Ten Commandments
Without tiring, the American
Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) continues to harrass public officials across
the nation in an effort to erase the remembrance of America's godly
heritage with the elimination of public displays of the Ten Commandments.
Three communities have been under attack recently with one almost reaching
the highest court of the nation for a ruling.
In May, a constitutional
amendment, endorsed by the Lieutenant Governor, was proposed in a state
legislature committee to allow the Ten Commandments to be hung in public
Ragan Ingram, spokesman
for the Lt. Governor said, "We think it is something that's important
to the people of Alabama, and it's something that we should do...The
teachings of the Ten Commandments convey thought that should be helpful
for students to see and for all of us to see in public buildings."
The chance of its passage
has dimmed since May with a modification to the amendment which almost
guarantees its failure.
Plattsmouth, Nebraska has
fought a lengthy battle with the ACLU for a monument in the City Park,
first erected in 1965, which displays the Ten Commandments. Defending
the city is Frank Marion of the American Center for Law and Justice,
"There is absolutely
no constitutional violation involved in a city's display of a monument
of this sort, which displays a text which has played a vital and fundamental
role in the development of Western legal systems. That fact has been
recognized by the U.S. Supreme Court on many occassions."
Ironically, there are most
likely over 4,000 similar monuments in communities throughout the nation.
As the ACLU is on the rampage against religion, federal judges are beginning
to seek a compromise.
To the great disappointment
of members of the town of Elkhart, Indiana, the Supreme Court refused
to review the case over the future of a public statue in the town displaying
the Ten Commandments.
At the heart of the struggle
is the issue of freedom of speech and freedom of religion provided by
the First Amendment. In response to the ACLU's fight, Jon Dougherty
rejects the myth of Separation of Church and State with this statement:
"There is no constitutional
language calling for a "separation of church and state...Rather,
the First Amendment says only this: 'Congress shall make no law respecting
an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;
or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right
of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government
for a redress of grievances."
It is hard to imagine how
the Founding Fathers would have reacted to this type of persecution.
If the ACLU were responding to the Founding Fathers when this nation
was started, America might not have become the land of freedom it is
(Kim Chandler, "Commandments
Backers Want Vote of People," The Birmingham News, May 1, 2001;
"10 Commandments at Heart of Suit," Omaha World-Herald, May
18, 2001; Stan Bailey, "Commandments Not Enough," The Birmingham
News, May 3, 2001; Jon Dougherty, "Enough Already!" WorldNetDaily.com,
June 4, 2001)
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