Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Judicial Sanity in the Pleasant Grove, Utah, Case

A federal judge, Dale Kimball, ruled that a Ten Commandments monument in a city park in Pleasant Grove, Utah, erected by the Fraternal Order of Eagles 50 years ago, did not violate the constitution. A religious sect called Summum wanted to erect their "Seven Aphorisms" in the same park, and claimed the establishment clause meant both monuments should be allowed. Obviously, they considered the Ten Commandments to be a Judeo-Christian monument.

But the judge ruled that it was a historical monument, and not an establishment of Judaism or Christianity in the USA.

According to the AP, "Summum, a Latin word meaning highest or greatest, is rooted in Gnostic Christianity. The group believes Moses received the Seven Aphorisms along with the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai. According to the group, Moses destroyed the tablet containing the aphorisms because he saw the Israelites weren't ready for them."

The Ten C's are remarkable, considering their age and their relevance for today. Whether someone believes they came from God or man, they are a basis for western laws and human rights. We really do want every child to believe that he should not steal, bear false witness, dishonor his parents, and murder --and do the coveting that leads to the crimes. A wise nation will revere such commandments.

"God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance and have eternal life."--the Bible


Barb said...

mud_rake said...

Looks like no one gives a damn what you post. Further, with your proud statement that you 'reserve the rights to edit comments' your trust level for visitors is zero.

June 11, 2010 8:04 AM

Barb said...

Anyone who comes can see that I delete you because I refuse to advertise your no-free-speech completely censored blog (through your name-link) And I delete your spam on OCD and old Blade letters.

For any new readers: I only edit people's whole names out of Mudrake's posts. He likes to intimidate through publication of personal info. Of course, I don't edit anyone's comments otherwise.

As for people not responding to my posts, doesn't bother me. I write for you as you can't resist reading here!!! or commenting, apparently. : D

Barb said...

Mudrake said...

Hey! What happened to my comment from yesterday, Barb? It must have been 'accidentally' deleted or something.

Here's what I wrote:

Recall that letter to the editor of the Toledo Blade penned by ______ The one that you called ' a fine letter?'

Recall also three subsequent letters to the editor of the Blade condemning _________for her blatant homophobia?

I wonder why those letters do not appear any longer on this blog? Especially that 'fine letter' that was from _______________

Any ideas, Barb?

June 12, 2010 6:49 AM

Ok --last time I got you to stop printing private info, I promised to stop telling the world that you were Denis Eble, former AW teacher and oft flaming liberal Blade writer --which I only did so you would know what it's like to see your name in print in blogville --since you are so fond of doing that for others.

You have an obsession, clearly, with me and my blog. I happily write for you to read.

Would you stop writing personal info if I go back and delete your name from the comments on recent blogs. As I recall, that's the sequence it took to get you to stop the OCD behaviors --you print people's full names; I print yours; you stop when I offer to delete your name. Will that work this time? Why don't you actually answer me for a change???

You quit it --and I'll delete your name.

Barb said...

But as you say, no one reads my blog, so why should YOU worry?

In fact, I'm getting a lot of drop- in readers from a new blog I've found --where the people are civilized and intelligent, able to discuss differences in a civilized manner, respectful of free speech. So you may wish me to delete your name here. And you know the conditions. Either be substantive in comments, relating to other comments and the topic, leaving off people's full names, or BE GONE!