Put the Ten Commandments back in the court house
The following is in response to the question "Would you want The Ten Commandments back in the court houses?" asked by Brinafr3sh.
The Seemingly Forgotten Past
When our fore fathers wrote the words "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness" on July 4th 1776; The Ten Commandments were certainly near by. On May 25, 1787 when the The Constitutional Convention first started deliberating, The Ten Commandments surely served as a guide. And when Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, The Ten Commandments were his moral compass. If all of these great moments in time were influenced by The Ten Commandments, why should the leaders of today abandon them and seemingly abandon the moral values they represent.
Separation of Church and State
The First Amendment says “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." In 1947 the Supreme Court concluded that there was a wall of separation between church and state. The idea was to ensure that government power would place no boundaries on religious freedom, and that religious power would have no influence over government power. Not to take away from the moral responsibility that should be guiding our government officials. I don't think the term separation of church and state means that you can't have the Ten Commandments in government buildings, or you can't say the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools, it means that the powers of church and state are separated. I don’t believe that the general concern was for the expression of respect for the values offered by religious scripture. The concern was that the government would be controlled and manipulated by religious idealist, or that certain religions might be favored by laws pertaining to them, or that the government might try to impose upon religious freedom.
The Five Commandments
Perhaps we could come to an agreement of sorts, and agree to display the second half of The Ten Commandments, but not stop at displaying them; require them to be adhered to strictly by all government officials, under penalty of law. It seems like a fair compromise to me, we are responsible for all of our commandments and our leaders only have to be responsible for half of them. While we are at it we could allow students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance once more, and allow prayer in our schools if the student feels so moved. I am religious myself, but I’m not a fanatic, I just believe that religion is one of those unalienable rights that we were guaranteed, and beside what harm could a little moral guidance do us after all.
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