Another Trojan Horse
The Dangerous Army
The Christians are at it again. When the Giles County School Board made the right decision to remove public display of the Ten Commandments from its school buildings, the Christians got really upset. So upset that about 200 students walked out of class to protest. Their message: If you don’t like our illegal government-sanctioned endorsement of religion, you should just move away.
“This is Giles County and Christ is a big, big, big part of Giles County. For those who don’t like it, go somewhere else,” shouted one student. She was greeted by a round of cheers from the crowd.
The students prayed and then one by one students spoke out on the reasons they wanted the Ten Commandments placed back in their school.
“This is America and we can have our Ten Commandments and if they don’t like it, they can get out,” said one boy.
“If you don’t like the Ten Commandments, don’t look at them. They are ours to look at if we like to look at them. If you don’t like them, don’t look at them,” said one girl.
“It’s just freedom of religion and speech,” said one boy.
“It’s our choice to have the Ten Commandments. It’s not the law’s choice or anything, it’s not the state’s choice or anything. It’s Giles County’s choice. It’s the kid’s choice,” said another student.
Too bad these people don’t understand that there’s no such thing as a collective right to proselytize one’s own religion via our tax dollars. The Constitution protects individuals, not certain interest groups. It does not matter if everyone in the county wants the Ten Commandments shown. Atheists have rights, and they don’t disappear no matter how hard or how many Christians pray or vote.
Also, these people are protesting against the ACLU, who threatened to sue the Giles County School Board over the public, government-endorsed display of religion. What they might have troubling getting their heads around, however, is that the ACLU is actually defending the students’ right to have their own private displays of the Ten Commandments.
The Trojan Horse
The Trojan Horse is a new attack on the separation of church and state organized by parents in Giles County. They now want to put a display of the Declaration of Independence alongside multiple documents that they claim influenced its creation. Of course, one of those “documents” just happens to be the Ten Commandments.
These people first have to explain what having no Gods before Yahweh, not taking the Lord’s name in vain, not coveting my neighbor’s wife, ox, or donkey, and keeping the Sabbath holy have to do with our country’s independence. People who claim that the Ten Commandments gives us general, humanistic values to live by often have no idea what the Ten Commandments actually are.
Also, Thomas Jefferson, the person who actually drafted the Declaration of Independence, had this to say in 1814:
Christianity neither is, nor ever was a part of the common law.
Jefferson in 1808:
Religious institutions that use government power in support of themselves and force their views on persons of other faiths, or of no faith, undermine all our civil rights. Moreover, state support of an established religion tends to make the clergy unresponsive to their own people, and leads to corruption within religion itself. Erecting the “wall of separation between church and state,” therefore, is absolutely essential in a free society.
Finally, the one I find most inspiring of all. Thomas Jefferson talks about his view of independent self-government.
May it be to the world, what I believe it will be, (to some parts sooner, to others later, but finally to all,) the signal of arousing men to burst the chains under which monkish ignorance and superstition had persuaded them to bind themselves, and to assume the blessings and security of self-government. All eyes are opened, or opening, to the rights of man.
I think we should therefore call out this attempt for what it really is: another Christian distortion of history and an attack on our Constitutional rights.
Posted on March 18, 2011, in Religion, Politics, Humanism, History and tagged separation of church and state, Thomas Jefferson, Yahweh, Declaration of Independence, Ten Commandments, wall of separation, Sabbath holy, coveting neighbor's wife, American Civil Liberties Union, Giles County School Board. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.