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Ten Commandments to stay

December 12, 2006 Leave a comment Go to comments

The Chronicle, whose web site’s front page design has taken an turn for the worse recently, reports that the Ten Commandments monument in a local park will stay there:

The controversial Ten Commandments monument will return to public property, the Bozeman City Commission determined Monday night.

The commission voted 4-1 to return the religious statue to Soroptimist Park rather than move it to private property.

Putting the monument on city property does not violate the separation of church and state or the public’s right to religious freedom, the majority of commissioners said.

That’s despite the fact that it’s pretty obviously the same as the case where the Supreme Court ruled such a display was unconstitutional. Lovely.

Numerous citizens, including local pastors, told the commission that the monument should stay because the country was founded on the Ten Commandments and their public display morally and spiritually benefits the city as a whole.

Morally and spiritually benefits the city? So, what, we’d have a rash of crime if the monument was removed? Are we really that stupid? Seriously, I don’t understand the people who feel the need (and that they’re entitled) to have the state endorse their particular dogma.

The commission “shouldn’t be in a rush” to be “politically correct,” Mike Comstock told the commission.

Wow, I didn’t know separation of church and state was nothing but political correctness. I thought it was one of the constitutional principles that makes this country great. Silly me.

One woman said she felt compelled to testify because she needed to “speak out for God” on the issue.

If there’s a god, I’m fairly certain it wouldn’t need to people to speak out on its behalf.

But hey, I’m not the one who knows what God’s position on this issue is.

The Ten Commandments were not just for Christians, Commissioner Kaaren Jacobson said.

“I think the Ten Commandments are a good symbol. … They can be more broadly interpreted,” she said.

“I am the Lord your God” can only be interpreted so many ways. Whether the symbol is “good” or not has nothing to do with it.

That’s really what annoys me about this whole thing. The Ten Commandments in a park is not something I get that angry about. What irritates me is the mind-numbingly stupid arguments people put forth to justify it.

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  1. December 14, 2006 at 11:34 pm

    Somebody wrote a letter to the paper suggesting they make a big mural of Heston holding the commandments. I heartily support that idea. More so if he’s fending off apes with the other hand.

  1. December 18, 2006 at 2:08 am

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