Legal Loophole Allows Ten Commandments to be Displayed as a Historical Document
A while back, in my capacity as Georgia State Director for American Atheists, Inc., I addressed the Supreme Court of Georgia regarding a bill that was being considered. It was a bill I had felt very strongly about opposing, but I had some difficulty getting enough people motivated to get behind a campaign to address it on a protest level.
The bill passed, and it is now law. It authorizes the Ten Commandments to be included in an official State Display because it has been redefined from a religious text to a historical document. Redefining things to fit their needs is something the religious right is very good at. Just as they are at redefining words.
Separation? We Don’t Need…
Now, the official display, called “Foundations of American Law and Government,” is on display at the Georgia Capitol. The Freedom From Religion Foundation has sent a letter to Capitol Museum Director Timothy Frilingos, which begins with,
“A display of the Ten Commandments recently went up in the Georgia Capitol. We need your help to take it down.
The Decalogue is part of a larger display titled “Foundations of American Law and Government” which includes various historical documents. Needless to say, the Ten Commandments are not “historical.” Georgia’s legislature in July 2012 passed a trouble-making law providing for this display in Georgia’s public buildings.
FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor wrote to Capitol Museum Director Timothy Frilingos on Sept. 13, informing him of the exclusionary nature and proselytizing message of the display and the many historical inaccuracies contained within it. Frilingos responded that same day to say that he was “compelled” to authorize the display by the legislation. Gaylor responded on Oct. 8, pointing out that the legislation merely “authorized” the display, and it remained an unwise decision. FFRF also wrote Governor Nathan Deal.”
The entirety of the letter can be read here, on the FFRF’s official website.
I Stand In Support…
Because I have made an attempt in the past to address this issue, I had decided it would be prudent to send another letter to the The Supreme Court, Governor Nathan Deal, and Mr. Frilingos. These letters are printed, stuffed and stamped and will go out in the mail shortly.
Here’s an image of the entire letter (Below is a link to the PDF):
Don’t just stand there… Do something. If you see a violation of the separation of church and state, be it on a local, state or Federal level, write a letter, send an email, start a petition, stage a protest. Get involved. It’s your country, too.
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