Converted, but still opposed to public display

September 03, 2003

Dear Editor:

The events unfolding in Alabama have once again brought to the forefront of everyone's mind the issues concerning the First Amendment and the Ten Commandments.

As I am sure your readers know, I was the plaintiff in Mercer County who sued to have the Ten Commandments removed from the courthouse there. This case is on appeal in Cincinnati. Since that case was filed in November 2001, my way of thinking about a lot of things has undergone a drastic change. Almost one year to the date that the lawsuit was filed, I felt an undeniable urge to convert to Christianity.

Many people wondered if this would change my opinion of the Ten Commandments in the county courthouse. I thought long and hard about this and consulted the Bible for guidance. What I found might surprise many Christians.


If you read I Chronicles 13, you will see what happened when David didn't properly respect the ark that housed the Ten Commandments. God commanded it be carried on poles by the Levites. David mistreated them and had them put on a cart drawn by oxen. Because of this, a man was struck dead. Now how do you think the Almighty feels about them being used as a wall decoration in a courthouse?

Also, in Mark 12:17, we read that Jesus Christ was a supporter of the separation of church and state. "Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's." Clearly, the courthouse belongs to "Caesar" and the Commandments belong to God.

Wrapping them in the laws of man is even more disrespectful. The laws of the United States negate every one of His Commandments and thus it is an insult to the Almighty.

Furthermore, we must look past the phony religious shroud that Judge Moore has put around himself. He set up a monument to himself, not to God. Judge Moore wants to use the Lord as a bellboy to carry his luggage to the governor's mansion of Alabama! If he really cared about the Word of God, in his off time he would be standing with a picket sign witnessing to people about touchstone topics like adultery and homosexuality.

But like most everyone, Judge Moore is too busy asking what God can do for him rather than what he can do for God.

Bart McQueary


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