Within hours of yesterday’s Supreme Court decision allowing a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the Texas Capitol, Christian groups announced a nationwide campaign to install similar displays in 100 cities and towns within a year.
“We see this as an historic opening, and we’re going to pursue it aggressively,” said the Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, director of the Washington-based Christian Defense Coalition, which organized vigils outside the Florida hospice where Terri Schiavo died this year.
A disappointing ruling from the Supreme Court yesterday sends a mixed message concerning the display of the Ten Commandments on government property. It allows for displays that are historic tributes to the foundation of law. I still haven’t seen a direct relationship between the Ten Commandments and the laws of our country other than some beliefs (murder, theft, and lying) are almost universally shared. Christian dogma isn’t the only source for these very human beliefs.
Apparently we will now see similar displays popping up all over the country if the group above has its way. I would imagine their proudest moment will be when they recite the text from the monument as it is first unveiled with “I am the Lord thy God. Thou shalt not have strange gods before me.” I don’t know how they can be true Americans and be proud of the freedom of belief we all enjoy and want to install such monuments in “100 cities and towns within a year.”
The Supreme Court was apparently trying to please everyone and has still managed to open Pandora’s box in the process. The road to a Christian nation with a national religion is still open. Are these people really sure they want to go there?