Sunday, 29 November -0001 18:42

Reinstating the Ten Commandments

Written by Rev. H.A. Bergsma
Members of Congress support posting the Ten Commandments in public. Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council will give a framed copy of the biblical laws to about 30 members of Congress, who have agreed to post them in their offices. "By posting them in public places, members will send a clear message that the Ten Commandments are an integral part of public life and should be posted to promote a virtuous and civil society," the Family Research Council (FRC) said. The organization will kick off a campaign to encourage public officials--from governors to legislators and jurists--as well as public citizens, to post the Ten Commandments. "This bold gesture by members of Congress will be a spark" to encourage others to post the laws, FRC's Janet Parshall said. Meanwhile, many schools are posting the Ten Commandments since the Columbine High shootings. Harrisburg, Ill., residents are wearing white ribbons to support posting the Ten Commandments in their schools. Almost one-third of the 9,000-member community has signed a petition supporting a school board decision to post the Commandments in the principals' offices at four high schools, news reports said. The Ten Commandments are posted alongside the Bill of Rights and the Magna Carta as part of a historical display. A school board member and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) want the decision reversed. Posting the laws in public schools creates a "coercive situation," school board member Judy Cape said. She and the ACLU have asked the board to rescind the policy. In June, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a measure that allows displaying the Commandments in public institutions even though a 1980 Supreme Court ruling prohibits it. The Senate is considering the measure. (From Religion Today)

We hold to the three "Uses" of the Law: to discover us to our sin; to be the rule for gratitude; but also, (and let us not dismiss it) for its civil use! Therefore, by all means, let's have the Ten Commandments reinstated in public places for civil instructions.

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