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Conservative Spotlight: Save the Ten Commandments Project

Time was, just about everybody liked the Ten Commandments. But judges and others among our cultural elites don’t.

Time was, just about everybody liked the Ten Commandments-and a vast majority of Americans overwhelmingly continue to do so. But judges and others among our cultural elites don’t, and they have been perfectly willing to destroy democracy, self-government, the rule of law, and the U.S. Constitution in their efforts to efface the Ten Commandments and the secular laws based on them from American civilization. (see “Man of the Year: Roy Moore”) Among the countless images and texts with a religious background that tyrannical judges have been removing from America’s public spaces over the past few decades, the Ten Commandments have arisen as the most telling and the most visible.

American citizens are rallying to the protection of this cornerstone of all Western morality and law, and Vision America is trying to organize them into the Save the Ten Commandments Project.

“We, the undersigned,” says a petition in support of the project, “declare our unconditional support for the Ten Commandments and the morality it reflects. We call on our leaders to join us in the battle to save the Commandments and, in so doing, to save America.” The petition can be found on the project’s website. “We acknowledge these truths: that our nation was founded on the moral order first glimpsed at Sinai. Its spirit animated the earliest settlers to these shores, as well as the Founding Fathers and their successors; That without the morality of the Ten Commandments-justice, decency and reverence-America would never have happened. If this spiritual foundation is demolished, our faith, our families and our freedoms will be no more. . . .”

The petition also notes the historical truth: “The 1st Amendment was intended to keep government out of religion, and not to keep God out of government.” The petition calls upon legislators to “pass legislation protecting public display of the Ten Commandments as well as other religious symbols and to allow nondenominational prayer in public schools,” “remove jurisdiction over these matters from the federal courts,” and “reject social experimentation that transgresses God’s law-abortion on demand, sex education, same-sex marriage and the weakening of parental authority-and challenge judicial rulings which facilitate these evils.”

Original signers of the petition include Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family; Dobson co-worker Don Hodel, former Reagan Energy secretary; the Rev. Jerry Falwell; Rabbi Daniel Lapin of Toward Tradition; Phyllis Schlafly; Rabbi Yehuda Levin of Jews for Morality; Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life; Paul Weyrich of the Free Congress Foundation; and a number of other well-known social conservative leaders.

“I was an evangelist for 14 years,” said the Rev. Rick Scarborough, a Southern Baptist minister and president of Vision America. “Never have I preached to the size crowds we’re getting.” Scarborough said that huge numbers of people are turning out at rallies around the country in order to “fight judicial tyranny and save the Ten Commandments.”

Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, who helped spark the project by standing up to robed tyrants who ordered the removal of a Ten Commandments monument from his courthouse, is working with the project, as is Alan Keyes. “We’re working directly with Dr. Alan Keyes setting up rallies all over the country,” said Scarborough. “We have one set up for January with Roy Moore.”

In an article titled “God Works Best after a Crucifixion,” Scarborough wrote, “On Wednesday, Nov. 12, [2003], I attended the trial/inquisition of Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore. . . . I am 53 years old and I have seen a lot of things change in my lifetime, but I never thought I would see the day when a sitting President could break every commandment, including adultery and lying under oath, and remain in office, and a sitting state Supreme Court justice would be removed for keeping and defending the Ten Commandments.”

Scarborough is planning a huge rally in Washington, D.C., in September 2004. “We shouldn’t have a religiously neutral government. Our Founding Fathers never intended that. The government should reflect the people. . . . This issue greatly exceeds the Ten Commandments,” said Scarborough. “It’s about the judiciary. Article III of the U.S. Constitution gives Congress the power to regulate the courts, and we believe that is a tangible solution. Congress can stop this [federal judicial tyranny] if they want to. We want to rally enough Americans to give them cover to do it.”

The Save the Ten Commandments Project may be reached c/o Vision America, P.O. Box 168, Houston, Tex. 77001 (866-522-5582; fax: 936-559-5579; e-mail: info@restorethecommandments.com; website: www.restorethecommandments.com).

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Mr. D'Agostino, former associate editor of HUMAN EVENTS, is vice president for Communications at the Population Research Institute.

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