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Wednesday, March 02, 2005
 
The New York Times > Washington > Court Considers Government Displays of Ten Commandments: I find this type of debate by our Supreme Court interesting because, even as liberal I as I am (and trust me, Bush talking about prayer all the freakin' time bugs the living s--t out of me), I don't think the argument against the display of the 10 Commandments holds any water. Looking at the founding fathers, their conception of the separation of church and state was not as compartmentalized as ours is today. These are the same people that created the term "In God we Trust," and countless other references to religion in government offices and procedures. Now 200 years later, has the Constitution changed such that the 10 Commandments cannot be displayed outside of a courthouse but could when the Founding Fathers lived?
What I would most like to see is some sort of logical consistency. One cannot say the Constitution does not permit display of the 10 Commandments, but allows our National anthem to refer to God, or to have to swear upon the bible to testify under oath in court. These types of contradictions cannot withstand Constitutional scrutiny by such great legal minds those within the United States Supreme Court, and it is beyond me how they cannot recognize that. Rather than create some grayscale standard, it would be better to confront the root issue of the presence of religion in our society, including government, and move on.
 
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Metaphor of the cross...

The vertical beam represents man's relationship with God, distorted through organized religion. The horizontal beam repesents man's relationship with other men, distorted through government. And where religion and state intersect on the cross, torture and murder ensue. It's happened every time throughout history.

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