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A Monument containing the Ten Commandments in the Bible outside an Oklahoma Haskel
County Court House can stay
Ten Commandments in the Bible A stone monument in Oklahoma
Haskel County Court House can stay.
(AP) A federal judge on Friday said a Ten Commandments
monument outside a courthouse can stay, rejecting arguments that
it promotes Christianity at the expense of other religions.
U.S. District Judge Ronald A. White in Muskogee ruled that
Haskell County did not violate the Constitution by erecting the
monument. The county did not "overstep the constitutional line
demarcating government neutrality toward religion," he wrote.
The county argued that the monument outside the Stigler
courthouse was part of a historical display that included other
monuments recognizing war veterans, the Choctaw Tribe and
others. This Commandments monument has the Mayflower Compact
etched on the other side. This is a victory for Ten Commandments in the Bible.
"A significant factor is that someone comes and looks at all the
monuments on the lawn, they can't just single out the Ten
Commandments monument and say, `Ah ha!' and that means
government is impermissibly endorsing religion," said Kevin
Theriot, an attorney for the Haskell County commissioners.
Micheal Salem, an attorney representing the American Civil
Liberties Union and Stigler resident James W. Green, said he
thought "the court's decision really represents a loss for
religious freedom." He said he would have to thoroughly review
White's decision before deciding whether to appeal.
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that religious displays on
government property are not inherently unconstitutional and must
be considered on a case-by-case basis.
The Ten Commandments MonumentThe Controversy Continues
Over The Ten Commandments Monument Continues Two years ago, a group
of Boise citizens began collecting 19,000 signatures in order to
allow voters to decide whether or not to move the Ten Commandments
monument back to Julia Davis park. And now the Idaho Supreme Court
ruling determined voters would get that opportunity -- so on Nov. 7,
Boise residents will be the first in the country to vote on such an
issue. It is likely that the voters will approve of the display of
the Ten Commandments in the Bible.|
Boise, Idaho -- Boise's Ten Commandments monument that once
stood in Julia Davis Park was moved over two years ago to Saint
The decision was made after Kansas preacher Fred Phelps tried
using the monument as an avenue to install his own anti-gay
But a group of Boise citizens fought to keep the Commandments
in place, and have continued fighting to get them moved back. And
today, the Idaho Supreme Court decided the Commandments should go
to a vote.
"So we're making history here in Boise, Idaho," said Brandi
Swindell of the Keep the Commandments Coalition.
Two years ago, a group of Boise citizens began collecting
19,000 signatures in order to allow voters to decide whether or
not to move the Ten Commandments monument back to Julia Davis
And now the Idaho Supreme Court ruling determined voters would
get that opportunity -- so on Nov. 7, Boise residents will be the
first in the country to vote on such an issue.
"This is a huge victory that not only has significance here in
Boise, but really has national significance as well," said
Boise Mayor Dave Bieter and Boise city council members had
fought to keep the issue off the ballot saying it was an
administrative decision and not legislative in nature, and in late
August 2004 a district judge agreed.
"I also have to say that this clearly shows that Mayor Bieter
and Councilman (Alan) Shealy wasted city time, city money, city
resources. They spent thousand and thousands of dollars to fight
against their own citizens," said Swindell.
"From the beginning, we have said that we will abide by the
will of the people at the ballot box, and we expect the mayor and
the council to do the same thing," added Bryan Fischer of the Keep
the Commandments Coalition.
But according to Boise city, the ruling, unlike the monument,
may not be set in stone.
According to Boise Spokesperson Elizabeth Duncan the vote will
go forward, but what happens after that is still anybody's guess.
"Today, the supreme court essential said, 'we don't have enough
information to make a decision. We'd like you to put this on a
ballot, and then we'll make a ruling,' which is exactly what we
plan to do," said Duncan.
According to the ruling, the Idaho Supreme Court is a little
confused itself as to whether or not this is an administrative or
No matter how things eventually end up, city officials said
this has never been about the monument itself -- rather how the
city can avoid further legal distractions.
"This is about making sure that the city of Boise conducts
itself in a very conservative, prudent, measured way so we're not
having to get in the middle of legal battles in the future," said
Should voters decide in favor of the monument, and that
decision stands, we're told a new monument would be created to go
back into Julia Davis Park.
The original statue would stay in place at Saint Michael's
restricted praying in the name of Jesus
Judge Roy MooreChaplains
restricted praying in the name of Jesus<>
shame that Chaplains like Gordon Klingenschmitt, who are not afraid
to express their faith or preach or pray in the name of Jesus, are
receiving punishment instead of praise and promotion.
Klingenschmitt is not the only chaplain in military service who
desires to pray in the name of Jesus. There are most likely many
evangelical chaplains watching this case closely to see how it
affects them. What the Navy has done to Chaplain Klingenschmitt will
have a ripple effect through the Navy and the other branches of the
armed forces. Chaplains are now on notice that too much zeal for
their faith is punishable and their freedom to pray is now severely
policy restricting prayers should be changed to allow chaplains the
freedom to pray according to their conscience. If the Navy does not,
then it is the Commander-in-Chief?s duty to make it right and see to
it that the religious freedom of
military chaplains is fully protected.
Moore writes in World Net Daily:
12, 2006, a special court-martial will be convened charging Lt.
Gordon J. Klingenschmitt, a chaplain in the U.S. Navy, with
violations of an order from a superior officer regarding his March
30, 2006, appearance in uniform at a press conference in
D.C. I was also present at that press conference and have been
subpoenaed to testify on Chaplain Klingenschmitt's behalf.
Klingenschmitt's problems actually stem from his continued
opposition to a Feb. 21, 2006, directive from the secretary of the
Navy that provided, in part, that "absent extraordinary
circumstances," "religious elements" performed by chaplains "should
be non-sectarian in nature," i.e., that prayers during public
worship should not be made in the name of Jesus.
Klingenschmitt has protested verbally and in writing to President
Bush about this policy, for which he has received adverse fitness
reports, reprimands and even transfers for his "whistleblower"
activities. His letters to the president through his chain of
command have been returned as inappropriate because of his "personal
views." Moreover, some 75 members of Congress, 29 pro-family groups
and over 200,000 Americans have also petitioned the president to
enforce the law, 10 U.S.C. � 6031, which provides that an "officer
in the Chaplain Corps may conduct public worship according to the
manner and forms of the church of which he is a member."
is that while Chaplain Klingenschmitt may have run afoul of a
"politically correct" military command, his actions do not violate
either the First Amendment to the United States Constitution or the
specific law (10 U.S.C. � 6031) designed to protect his right to
Chaplaincy was created by the Continental Congress Nov. 28, 1775, to
ensure that "the Commanders of the ships of the 13 United Colonies
are to take care that divine services be performed twice a day on
board and a sermon preached on Sundays, unless bad weather or
extraordinary accidents prevent." (Emphasis added.) Section 6031
still retains the requirement that "divine service ... be performed
on Sunday, whenever the weather and other circumstances allow it to
be done," which is a recognition of the "Christian Sabbath."
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ousted Ten Commandments judge says a Navy chaplain charged with
disobeying an order by appearing in uniform at a news conference at
the White House is being persecuted for praying in Jesus' name.
Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, who spoke at the March 30th
event, had been subpoenaed to testify for the defense at Lieutenant
Gordon Klingenschmitt's court-martial in Norfolk.?
Bush, the Secretary of Defense, or the Secretary of the Navy, have
the power by executive order to restore the historic right of
chaplains to pray in the name of Jesus. It is time for President
Bush and those who work for him to implement action to protect our
faith. Congress may also re-instate that authority. You may call
your congressman and ask them to do so at: 202-224-3121.
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Commandments in the Bible - Listed in
Deuteronomy 6:9 And thou shalt write them upon thy the posts of thy
house and upon thy gates. We are requested to display them in our
homes, and list them in public places referred here as "gates".
therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which
keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his
commandments to a thousand generations; - This verse teaches us
that the commandments and moral law will last for at least a
thousand generations and apply today.
Commandments List - Exodus
list of the Ten Commandments listed in the Bible can be found at
If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God,
and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to
his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of
these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians:
for I am the LORD that healeth thee. From Exodus.
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Deuteronomy 11:18-23, 26-28
18 Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes.
19 And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
20 And thou shalt write them upon the door posts of thine house, and upon thy gates:
21 That your days may be multiplied, and the days of your children, in the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers to give them, as the days of heaven upon the earth.
22 For if ye shall diligently keep all these commandments which I command you,
to do them, to love the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, and to cleave unto him;
23 Then will the LORD drive out all these nations from before you, and ye shall possess greater nations and mightier than yourselves.
26 Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse;
27 A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you this day:
28 And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known.
The above are scripture verses dealing with Ten Commandments in the Bible.