Wednesday, May 09, 2007


Statues to Tyranny

Fundamentalist Christians complain about unfair restrictions on their freedom of religion when secularists demand that Ten Commandment monuments be removed from public property.

How do they react when minority religions ask that monuments to their faith be placed in the public square?

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that those who defend placing the Ten Commandments on public property are not so willing to defend the rights of others to do the same thing.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, has ruled that Pleasant Grove and Duchesne parks are public forums and that followers of the Summum faith have a right to display their Seven Aphorisms next to the Ten Commandments.

City attorneys will go to court to argue that "in the 121 years since the French gave the United States the Statue of Liberty, nobody has demanded a competing statue supporting tyranny. So nobody should be able to demand that competing structures be erected next to monuments of the Ten Commandments."

Those city attorneys may have missed the point. All those Ten Commandment monuments are the competing statues supporting tyranny. And they're all over the place.


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