Charlton Heston as Moses holding the Ten Commandments

Charlton Heston as Moses holding the Ten Commandments

Voters in Alabama will be asked this fall whether or not the Ten Commandments can be posted on state property.

A proponent of the constitutional amendment, Dean Young, argues that displaying the commandments in public is an acknowledgement of God as the source of rights and a reminder of the “twin pillars” of religion and morality “upholding our freedom.”

The proposed amendment, endorsed by the state House and Senate and now scheduled for the Nov. 6, 2018, election ballot, states: “Property belonging to the state may be used to display the Ten Commandments, and the right of the public school and public body to display the Ten Commandments on property owned or administrated by a public school or public body in the state is not restrained or abridged.”

A website campaigning for the ballot measure says that one way “we can recover the American idea that our rights come from the Creator is by publicly displaying the Ten Commandments.”

“Such displays serve as a powerful reminder that the United States is indeed ‘one nation under God.’ Their display can offer a compelling source of moral renewal in a nation which is weary from abortion, school shootings, domestic violence, racial injustice, divorce, sexual exploitation, pornography, corporate theft, deceptive advertising, greed, etc. The Ten Commandments can serve as a visual warning that we are accountable to the Supreme Lawgiver for our actions. Publicly posting the Commandments can help us recall the voices of the Founders that religion and morality are the twin pillars upholding our freedom, and that a people who are not virtuous will not long remain free.”

Young makes his case in a video:

The question, Young says, is whether or not voters will choose to acknowledge the God of the New Testament and Old Testament.

“The world will stand and watch to see how we vote on that day,” he says.

He warns that the “bad guys” will be coming, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the ACLU, “fake churches and fake preachers,” because “they don’t want our children being taught there is a right and there is a wrong.”


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