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Ten Commandments in Bozeman

Since I rarely get a chance to read the Chronicle anymore, I missed the fact that there’s been a Ten Commandments issue (link will die soon, of course) around here:

Installation of the Ten Commandments in a public space, an issue the Bozeman City Commission and city staff have been grappling with for months, was back in the spotlight Monday night.

Two Bozeman residents spoke at the commission meeting against the city’s decision to reinstall a Ten Commandments monument in Soroptimist Park.

I could point out the problems, but they’re expressed pretty well in the article:

“That’s an explicit statement” about the city’s stance on religion, he said.

Mayor Jeff Krauss also had misgivings about the situation.

“On my door there is a sign that says, ‘All are welcome here,'” he said. “‘Thou shalt have no God but Jehovah,’ is a hard one for me to get over.”

Getting someone else to pay for putting it in the park, as was mentioned in the article, doesn’t solve the problem.

There’s no need for such a monument and it endorses Christianity and Judaism. It seems pretty clear that it shouldn’t be in a public park.

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  1. November 10, 2006 at 7:37 pm

    IIRC, the monument was originally donated to the F.O.E, which runs a nearby bar. My suggestion is to move the monument into the bar.

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