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Appeals Court allows 10 Commandments in Courthouse

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A three judge appeals court has ruled that posting a copy of the 10 Commandments in the Greyson County Courthouse in Kentucky is not unconstitutional. The American Civil Liberties Union who is representing the people who sued to get it removed said they are deciding if they will appeal to a higher court.

The reason given for allowing the government to put the 10 Commandments back up is that it is not an endorsement of religion by the county government. The government claims it is there for educational purposes. Dissenting U.S. Judge Karen Nelson Moore said the claim that the 10 Commandments are on display for educational purposes is a sham.

Grayson County Judge-Executive Gary Logsdon said they will fight all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court to keep the religious teachings up in the government courthouse. Logsdon also said regarding the religious victory on Thursday, "We're just overwhelmed and thank the Lord. It gives you great hope of a moral country."

Objectively looking at the 10 Commandments, we quickly see there is nothing moral about it. For example, regarding slavery. It does not teach to abolish slavery. Instead it teaches not to covet your neighbor's slaves. Is this very moral??? If it was a just document, wouldn't it teach not to practice slavery and to free all of your slaves?

It also sets a terrible example for those who truly believe it comes from God. It has God saying, "I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me". Do we really want this type of twisted "justice" in a courthouse?

Most Christians like Logsdon don't seem to realize the 10 Commandments have nothing to do with Christians. If they would take the time to read who the Bible god is addressing the commandments to they would have to realize it's to the Jews/Hebrews, not to the Christians! It starts out with, "And God spake all these words, saying, I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage." As the story/myth goes, it wasn't the Christians that the Bible god brought out of Egypt, it was the Hebrews/Jews!

Perhaps it would be better to put a copy of the Treaty of Tripoli in the courthouse. At least this is an American document. And it makes it very clear that America was NOT founded as a Christian nation. Article XI of this treaty which was started in the administration of George Washington and which was ratified in the administration of John Adams reads, "As the government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion . . ."

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Bob Johnson is a paralegal and a freelance writer in Florida. He was raised Roman Catholic, but after reading Thomas Paine's The Age of Reason, he became a Deist. In 1993 he founded the World Union of Deists and in 1996 he launched the first web (more...)
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