Ten Commandments everywhere ... thanks to ACLU!
Project Moses promoting God's Laws with thousands of stone monuments
Posted: June 07, 2008
12:15 am Eastern|
By Bob Unruh
Thousands of stone Ten Commandments monuments on highly visible
properties in communities across the nation, millions of smaller
plaques in Christian and Jewish homes, and a massive bronze showing
the biblical image of Moses holding the stones on which God wrote. The
target of the ACLU? Nope. Thanks to the ACLU!
The dimensions of the Ten Commandments monument suggested for
thousands of churches and synagogues nationwide
Joe Worthing, the executive director for Project Moses, says his
organization, only a few years old, is well on its way to reaching
many of its goals of placing Ten Commandments monuments all over the
nation, and it's because of a complaint from the ACLU.
The ministry was launched by John Menghini, an Overland Park, Kan.,
businessman, who was disturbed by a news story about the ACLU
demanding and getting the removal of a Ten Commandments monument from
a Kansas City courthouse.
The Kansas City story also noted the fate of the monument to which the
ACLU objected: It was moved about 100 feet across the street to St.
Anthony's Catholic Church, so that it would be on private property and
no longer subject to the whims of lawyers and judges, and a light clicked on for Menghini.
"The beauty of this move is that now, far more visitors to the
courthouse actually view the Ten Commandments because it is more
visible than it ever was on the courthouse grounds," he said. "I
thought, if every church and synagogue in America would proudly
display God's law, as this one church did, maybe our culture could
turn a corner and come back to its Judeo-Christian roots."
The result was Project Moses, which works to install 900-pound stone
monuments to God's Laws on church and other private properties in
prominent civic locations across the country. Hundreds already are
installed, as well as thousands of smaller stone plaques that are
offered to families for their homes.
"The ACLU is not the problem [with removing the Ten Commandments from
America]," Worthing told WND. "We need to send them a thank you. They
awakened a sleeping giant.
"The problem has been the apathy of good citizens sitting on their
hands and saying, 'That's happening in California or Boston, not in
Omaha,'" he said. This is theonomy.
One Nebraska city's situation is a perfect example of what the
organization wants to do: A citizen brought a complaint against the
city government for a Ten Commandments monument hidden in a remote
corner of a public park.
It was removed, but one of the Project Moses monuments was placed
instead on a street front property. It happens to be only a few blocks
from where the complainant lives, and he now has to drive within 15
feet of God's Laws whenever he passes that location, Worthing said.
"Listen, they [the ACLU] may have won a few skirmishes, but God's
going to win the war," Worthing said.
He said his organization in just a few years has installed nearly 400
of the monuments, far more than have been removed from public
locations because of litigation and intimidation over the past 30 years.
"Project Moses' stated mission is the restoration of respect for the
Ten Commandments so all may live out Christ's call for true social
justice in the home, communities and political policies," the
organization says. It cites the instructions from the Torah, Deut.
6:4-9. "Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the
Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all
your strength. These commandments that I give you today to be upon
your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you
sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and
when you get up. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on
Worthing says the primary goal is to place the stone monuments, 5
feet, 4 inches tall, "on every private religious property, Catholic,
Protestant and Jewish, in America."
These monuments are intended to be on "'Main Street,' right in front
for the whole community to see."
The cost of the monuments, including those made from marble imported
from the Sinai Peninsula, run about $4,500 to $5,000 including
delivery and the organization has various methods of raising funds for
churches that want to participate.
The goal is to install a total of 5,000 monuments over the next five
years and distribute 1.5 million eight-inch square stone plaques in
homes and offices at the same time. More than 15,000 already have been
handed out, officials said.
The last part of the goal is a bronze of Moses holding the Decalogue
over his head. It is expected to be about 24 feet tall and be placed
on private property in Washington, although no details about the land
can be released until its purchase is completed, officials said.
Because the numbering traditions among Catholics, Protestants and Jews
vary, the monuments are available in the St. Augustine, King James or
Jewish number traditions.
The project's goal "is not to argue whose tradition is better but to
get all who view these monuments to dive into Scripture and move
beyond the simple 10 sentences we learned as children."
The project supports the efforts of many Christian individuals and
organizations to maintain historic Ten Commandments monuments in
But, Worthing said, "If the first place someone sees the Commandments
is at the courthouse, that's probably why he is there!
"Political battles need to be fought but conversion and changing how
people live needs to be the goal. America is where it is at today,
morally, not because of groups like the ACLU but because of the APATHY
of the faithful.
"Sir Edmund Burke said it best when he said, 'The only thing necessary
for evil to succeed is for good men to do nothing.' Project Moses
gives the average believer the opportunity they have not had in the
courtrooms over the past 30 years, a tangible way to show support for
God's laws," he said.
He said a teaching curriculum also is available to churches, since the
goal is more than to plop a piece of rock on a sidewalk. Also
available are plans for "Ten Commandments weekends" where churches
raise their own funds for the monuments.
"More than 90 percent of the churches who hold a weekend raise more
money than they need to buy the monument," he said.
Christians schools, too, should consider the impact, he said.
"Instead of having a cardboard cutout, how about a 900-pound stone
monument in an entryway," he said. "It's something like 3,500 times a
child will have to walk by that over the course of their grade school
years. They just may be able to remember them then."
Only five states have not yet had such a monument installed, and plans
are under way at this time for the first installation in Vermont. The
other states remaining are North and South Carolina, Alaska and Hawaii.
And he was there with the LORD forty days and forty
nights; he did neither eat bread, nor drink water. And
he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant,
the ten commandments.
And said, 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.
And he declared unto you his covenant, which he commanded you to perform, even ten commandments; and he wrote them upon two tables of stone.
Moses was a Levite (Exodus 2:1), son of Amram and Jochebed (Exodus 6:20), brother of Aaron and Miriam (1 Chronicles 6:3). He was born in Egypt (Exodus 2:1-2), in the region of Goshen in The Nile Delta, where, even under brutal slavery, the Israelites had grown to a great multitude that the Egyptians eventually viewed as a national security threat (Exodus 1:12) (see Growth Of A Nation).
"Love is the fulfilling of the law."
8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.
9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
Project Moses brings you these Christian history lessons:
August 11, 1519:
Johann Tetzel, the German Dominican priest whose peddling of indulgences inspired Martin Luther to write his 95 Theses, dies. Throughout Germany he infamously preached, "As soon as the coin in the coffer rings, the soul from purgatory springs." Even the papal envoy eventually criticized him. As for Luther, though he once called Tetzel "the primary author of this tragedy," when he heard Tetzel lay dying, wrote the friar a letter of comfort: "Don't take it too hard. You didn't start this racket".
August 11, 1890:
John Henry Newman dies. Ordained an Anglican in 1824, he later helped lead the Oxford Movement, aiming to restore the Church of England to its high church principles. In 1843 he left the church and became a Roman Catholic.
August 12, 304:
Euplius, a Christian deacon from Sicily, is martyred for owning the Scriptures and proclaiming himself a Christian (loudly and repeatedly). Martyrdom was so common under Emperor Diocletian that many Christians expected it and some, like Euplius, actively sought it out.
August 12, 1553:
Pope Julius III orders all copies of the Talmud to be confiscated and burned.
August 12, 1942:
William Cameron Townsend and Rev. L.L. Legters incorporate the Wycliffe Bible Translators in California.
Moses - The Story of Moses
The Law of Moses
Ark of the Covenant