Here’s an update in today’s New York Times on the controversy surrounding the 5,280 lb. monument of the Ten Commandents that was placed in Alabama’s State Supreme Court.
This whole issue is one that really just makes my blood boil. First of all, there should never be cause to use “Ten Commandments” and “State Supreme Court” in the same sentence, as I did above. Unbelievable that this even came to be! The article notes in the first paragraph that Chief Justice Roy Moore actually had to SECRETLY install this mammoth monument one night. Why secretly? Because he knew darned well he was completely wrong in even thinking he could get away with something so in opposition to the principle of separation of church and state. Otherwise why not make a big production of it, have a little ceremony, and do it in full daylight. Don’t tell me he didn’t know he was wrong about this.
Has no one heard of separation of Church and State? Some try to legitimize this atrocity by claiming that the 10 Commandents are the “moral foundation” of American law. Well, hmm, I can buy into that–partially. Sure, I think it’s a good idea that we “shalt not kill.” But it does not change the fact that the Ten Commandments are based in religion. There is NO getting around that. Period. There is religion involved here, folks. I could not keep a straight face if you tried to tell me a tablet of the 10 Commandments was not a religious symbol.
Here is a direct quote from Chief Justice Moore: “This is not about a monument. It’s not about religion, or politics. It’s about the acknowledgment of God.” What??????? I’m sorry, but an acknowledgement of God, any God, is an acknowledgement of religion.
And who’s God is he trying to acknowledge anyway? Which version of the 10 Commandments are on that monument? You know, I have a sneaking suspicion that it’s not the Jewish version. Seems like the Chief Justice took it upon himself to promote his own particular version of God’s law.
Whether I personally believe in God is completely irrelevant to this discussion. I have to admit, however, I do usually have a big issue with any public display, including the words “under God” in the pledge, of religion. This is solely because we do not know what beliefs others may hold. The whole idea is to let people worship their own god or gods, or not, depending, as they see fit. Don’t push this issue in my, or anyone else’s face. Let me worship in my own way and I’ll let you do whatever you want in your own churches or synagogues or ashrams or wherever. Just not in the states’ supreme courts, thank you.
All in all, however, this whole issue just makes me really, really glad I don’t live in Ali-bama, Foreign Country.