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Wednesday, August 20, 2003

Ten Commandments Now! Ten Commandments Forever!-I don't think this is great PR for Alabama, even if they are on the side of the angles on this one; the Supreme Court has refused to stop the removal of a Ten Commandments statue in the state Supreme Court building. They haven't ruled on the case proper, but have refused to grant an injunction. If Chief Justice Roy Moore, who rode the Ten Commandments into his current post, gets his way, they can bring the statue back. The problem I see coming down is some hard-right [insert adjective of derision here] will want to play Operation Rescue with the statue. Folks, let's remember what's on top of the monument-here's part of Exodus 20:
4You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. 5 "You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me, 6 but showing lovingkindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
Last I checked, what they're trying to get out of there is a piece of stone. A piece of stone with some fine words written on it, but a piece of stone nonetheless. Yes, our court system doesn't understand the free exercise or the establishment clause of the First Amendment overly well. This isn't a unborn child you're doing civil disobedience over, it's a big rock. By blocking enforcement of the court order, you're going to look like George Wallace standing at the schoolhouse door. Alabama conservatives will get tarred with the brush of bigots of old, even if they don't deserve it, and that type of civil disobedience will bring bad PR to both the state and the Church. That's not the witness I want to see done in Montgomery.

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