Georgia Gov. Signs Bill Allowing 10 Commandments Posted at all Public Bldgs

-By Warner Todd Huston

Georgia Governor, Republican Nathan Deal has signed an amended "historical display" law that will allow America's founding documents as well as the Ten Commandments and the Magna Carta to be posted at schools and other government buildings in addition to the courthouses as the original bill allowed.

The amended law introduced by State Rep. Tommy Benton (R, Jefferson, Dist. 31) allows the "Foundations of American Law & Government Display" to be publicly displayed in "all public buildings."

The display includes the following documents:

  • The Ten Commandments
  • The Mayflower Compact, 1620
  • The Declaration of Independence
  • Magna Carta
  • 'The Star-Spangled Banner' by Francis Scott Key
  • The National Motto: "In God We Trust"
  • The Preamble to the Georgia Constitution
  • The Bill of Rights of the United States Constitution
  • The description on the image of Lady Justice

An earlier law signed in 2006 by Governor Sonny Perdue allowed the documents to be displayed only in court buildings in the Peach State.

In a statement, Dr. Jody Hice, President and founder of Ten Commandments Georgia said he hoped the legislation should "serve as a model for all 50 states. The country should recognize what we have done here and try to duplicate it over and over again!"

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  • I went to schools where Rotary posted the "documents of freedom" on school cafeteria walls, but the real question is whether the 10 Commandments is a "foundation of American law and government," or a religious document. Since it is more likely the latter, that portion of the law will be ruled unconstitutional.

    I don't remember anything in American law that "thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's ass." "Honor the Sabbath and keep it holy" would be unconstitutional, although an enforced secular day of rest would not be.

    I'm sure that the Georgia legislature has more important problems to tackle. The Illinois one sure does.

  • In reply to jack:

    Those that think the US was not founded on Christian religious ideals simply allow their hate for all things religious to cloud their ability to understand historical facts.

  • In reply to publiusforum:

    Well, many of us, me included, are not Christians, and believe in the First Amendment. Some of our ancestors, mine included, came here to escape religious persecution.

    So, give us the verifiable historical facts (since you have access to a blogging tool), or otherwise you are only demonstrating your own bigotry, as well as ignorance of constitutional law. Rest assured, the Ten Commandments part is unconstitutional.

  • In reply to jack:

    "Rest assured" I don't think you know what you are talking about. As to who now is and isn't a Christian, that has nothing to do with what I said above. The nation wasn't founded only FOR Christians and I didn't say it was.

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