10 Commandment Stones in front of Government Buildings

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This is something that I have seen in the news from time to time. The 10 Commandments in a scroll, or engraved into stones, or largely displayed in front of government municipal buildings, like a City Hall or Court Complex. I've seen them in some of the smaller rural towns around here, some up north, and when we traveled in Utah & New Mexico. I personally find it disturbing. The 10 Commandments are a religious doctrine. Why are they displayed in front of a governmental building? Why is this town exempt from the separation of church & state policy? How do you feel about this? Personally, I roll my eyes when I see this because it is clearly a symbol of religion being openly, and illegally displayed on government property.

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Isobel - posted on 09/28/2009




I think it would be hilarious...since that's where they were stolen from in the first place...the ten commandments were originally Hammurabi's Code. A leader in Egypt had the ten laws of the land carved into stones and placed in the middle of the city. Wouldn't it be awesome if they shaped them like the tablets, put the "commandments" on them and just changed the title? I wonder if anyone would notice.

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I don't think they have a place in government buildings. How can a single monument outlining the tenets from a religion be anything other than an endorsement of that religion? I context is important, though, as I have no problem with Moses and the 10 Commandments in the mural outside of the Supreme Court (depicting several historical 'law givers') whereas Judge Roy Moore's statue was completely inappropriate, and I was glad to see the courts agree on that one.

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