Sunday, 29 November -0001 18:42

The Ten Commandments Wrangle

Written by Rev. H.A. Bergsma
Searching for a way to curb youth violence, the US House of Representatives passed a bill on June 17, containing an amendment allowing public schools to post the commandments, and have them displayed in other state-owned facilities. The vote was 248-180 for a proposal by Representative Robert Aderholt to allow the states to display the Ten Commandments. The Alabama Republican said it would "promote morality and work toward an end of children killing children". Lawmakers reason that tragedies like the Littleton, Colorado school shooting stem from a lack of basic values among youth. Opponents said that allowing the Biblical laws to be posted in public schools is unconstitutional. Others argued that different Biblical faiths interpret the Ten Commandments differently. "Whose Ten Commandments? The Catholic version? The Protestant version? Or the Jewish version?" said Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.). Americans Civil Liberties Union Director, Barry Lynn, promised that a court challenge would ensue if the law passes both houses of Congress. However, it is said already that this House measure is unlikely to pass the Senate. (From Free Press News Services)

Certainly, the Ten Commandments should be on public display, because, as the Reformers reasoned, they have a civic role and a public deterrent. It must be remembered, however, that basic values must be taught first in the home and followed upon at school.

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