Ten Commandments down to Six for public display?

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By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Worthy News)-- A federal judge in Virginia proposed that a dispute over the display of the Ten Commandments at a public high school be resolved by removing the four Commandments that mention God.

"If indeed this issue is not about God," said U.S. District Judge Michael Urbanski during mediation, "why wouldn't it make sense for Giles County to say, 'Let's go back and just post the bottom six?'"

The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia had filed suit against Giles County's display of the Ten Commandments at Narrows High School, arguing that it violated the First Amendment's protection against the endorsement of religion; the school board argued that the Commandments were part of a display of historical documents and therefore not religious.

Although the Commandments were previously removed from the school, the school board voted 3-2 last summer to reinstall them.

"One could argue that the policy of displaying the Ten Commandments is not violative of the 'establishment' clause as long as other religions' equivalents of the Ten Commandments are afforded an equal opportunity to be displayed," said blogger JRC. "The ACLU evidently has adopted an 'exclusionary' interpretation of the establishment clause whereby the First Amendment forbids any and all government trafficking in religion ..."

In fact, the U.S. military's Chaplains Corps was unsuccessfully challenged in court to be in violation of the establishment clause -- "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof" -- since U.S. personnel serving in lands where the practice of their religion was not available, or even prohibited, required that the government provide religious services.

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13 thoughts on “Ten Commandments down to Six for public display?

    • I pity you.

      I sure wouldn't want to believe in malevolent supernatural beings who punish people for seeing that the government is neutral on religion.

      • Thanks, Brian. I'll gladly accept your pity.

        God, by the way, is not malevolent - he's just. We've earned death by our disobedience. He's given us a way out, with no strings attached.

        That's a deal I'll take... with, or without your pity.

        Wake up, kiddo, before it's too late.

      • After the Ten Commandments are removed from public viewing,
        I assume that you want some them removed from U.S. laws such as murder, stealing
        and lying under oath.  The government is not neutral on religion because
        it forces us to violate our beliefs via taxes by providing funds to
        organizations such as Planned Parenthood. 

  1. It is freedom of religion, not freedom from religion.  The Founding Fathers and The Constitution do not condone wiping out all reference to religion in public places.  The fanaticism against religion is an overreach...

  2. He did say your either for Me or against Me, so choose this day whom you will serve! As for me and my tax paying voting house, we serve the Lord! Your choice people!

  3. If the commandments are so offensive....why have them up at all. To take away from the written law of God is nothing short of insulting. 

  4. I believe the Government is falling apart because God is not being kept first. God should be first in all things. This use to be one nation under God now it is divided any house thas divided will not stand.

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