Ten Commandments allowed in Georgia government buildings

By: Stephanie Baker
By: Stephanie Baker

A new Georgia law will allow the Ten Commandments back in Georgia government buildings. Governor Sonny Perdue signed the bill into law yesterday. News 12 is On Your Side with what this could mean here at home.

Church and State: some think they go together. Charlie Grant wants the Ten Commandments back in government buildings.

"If you're a Christian, how do you not want it up?" he said.

But not everyone is a Christian. Some argue mixing religion and the government violates civil rights.

It all dates back to a 2003 ruling that forced an Alabama courthouse to take down its copy of the Ten Commandments.

"It's been around for years, so I don't think it should be removed," said Tammy Dunbar.

Dunbar, along with 4 out of 5 Americans according to a Gallup poll, disagrees with the ruling.

The way it is now, you won't see anything about God or religion at the Richmond County courthouse, or any other government building.

All you will see on the walls are legal documents. But the Roman numerals I through X on the Richmond County Superior Court seal represent the Ten Commandments. A 2003 ruling said it's legal because it serves a secular purpose.

Mayor Deke Copenhaver says he supports posting the document.

"I'm all for the public display of historic documents, so I'd be okay with it," he says. "I think it may get people upset, but I think the vast majority would be okay with it."

The governor also signed a law that will allow the Bible to be taught in public schools as a historical and literary text.


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