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    Re: Cut Ten Commandments down to 6?

    Quote Originally Posted by Thunder View Post
    doesn't this belong in the Religion section?

    just sayin'.
    Well it's certainly better here than in the philosophy forum.
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    Re: Cut Ten Commandments down to 6?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry View Post
    Since God is the issuing authority of the Commandments I guess He can edit them down to 6 if He wants. Not sure why God would do that, though.
    If they are just a display in a school for no more purpose than decoration, then why is it bad for them to be cut down to the six that are unlikely to offend or intimidate anyone? Personally, I would have just told them to take them down.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry View Post
    If a poster is intimidating students then said students have some anxiety problems which need to be addressed.
    Because all children and teens know that just because something is so important to the school that they need it displayed, that it isn't really something they need to take to heart or think that not believing in would cause them any grief. Sure.

    Plus, I noticed you didn't address my other point in this. Do you think that it would be the other side having an issue with a display of the Laws of Islam being up in a school as the only image until being advised by legal council that they should include other, non-religious, historical documents?

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    "Murder" under US laws only applies to humans. The point is to refrain from needless killing, and yes this extends into killing animals just for the fun of it. Our civil laws do forbid most of these behaviors, which of course is why hunters have to have a license, a bag-tag, and can only hunt certain game during a specified time.
    And those hunting laws would not apply to bugs. The only time any "no killing" law applies to bugs is when the bug in question is an endangered species. Most aren't.

    And the KJV Bible says "thou shalt not kill". And the one up in the HS appears to be "thou shall not kill", not "thou shall not murder". (going off the images I can find on this)

    Not that this is really a big deal in the issue overall, since I think not killing is a good thing to believe.
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    Re: Cut Ten Commandments down to 6?

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    I don't see a problem with the school hanging the 10 commandments up in a hallway, just as long as other religions can have their teachings hung up in a hallway too....... Oops, you mean the school won't hang up teachings other than Christian ones? Then that IS a violation of separation of church and state. The government is not allowed to force any one particular religion down the throats of others.

    But if the school would like to hang up ONLY christian teachings in the hallway, how about the quote from Jesus where he says "Give all you have to the poor and follow me"? Or "It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than it is for a rich man to enter heaven"?

    And why do schools hang up plaques of the 10 commandments, when they break an important one by doing the pledge of allegiance in class, where the 2nd commandment forbids idol worship?

    You see, there is nothing at all Christian about some demands that some who think they are Christians make. It's not about Christianity. It's about power, and nothing more. When Jesus returns, he is going to be kicking a lot of ass.
    I don't know, I just don't feel it that way. I think that maybe we see more Christian stuff because demographically we're mostly Christian. I mean, sure they should hang up other things; I just don't think that they should have to. Let the local school boards decide what's appropriate. So long as students aren't being forced or the rights of others are not being infringed upon, I see no real issue.
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    Re: Cut Ten Commandments down to 6?

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    Indeed - I was a bit peeved last night when they did a super religious song about Bethlehem at my kid's kindergarten graduation ceremony.
    Thats bad, but pales in comparison to what I have to put up with in my state. Fortunately the LDS church was forced to relocate their seminarys off public school property and the students are no longer allowed to get credit towards graduation for attending religious indoctrination. But that is just the tip of the ice burg since the Mormons control the legislature. If you ever want to see what a theological state in the US looks like, come to Utah. The only positive is that it helps keep masses of people from moving here and over development. But even that is starting to change now.

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    Re: Cut Ten Commandments down to 6?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    I don't see why we really care that much. Hanging the 10 commandments up in school isn't the worst thing in the world. So long as they ain't forcing you to pray or go to church or what have you.

    I don't know, in the end I see lawsuits like this on both sides as useless and we could better focus our energies on real issues instead.
    Students are forced to go to school and if religious influence is plastered all over the walls and/or taught in the classroom, then that is forced indoctrination.

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    Re: Cut Ten Commandments down to 6?

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    Why do militant atheists have to throw a fit over hanging the 10 Commandments? People are to hypersensitive, and it's a public place and should be allowed to hang.
    You think anyone can hang anything in a public place and that's a good idea? Satanists, muslims, FSM rastafarians, hindus Pagans and everyone else should have the freedom to put up whatever they want anywhere on public land at public expense? Including atheists putting up "There is no God" banners for the county schools to maintain at public expense?

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    Re: Cut Ten Commandments down to 6?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sarcogito View Post
    The courts are the ones who interpret the Constitution and our laws and time after time after time they reaffirm the concept of Separation of Church and find against schools in cases like this. Now, you may disagree with their interpretation of the 1st Amendment just as I disagree with their interpretation of the 2nd Amendment. Your and my interpretation is opinion. Theirs is law.
    Mine is not my opinion but the opinion found in the federalist papers. Yours was dreamed up to restrict speech without any grounding in the Constitution or the federalist papers for such a decision.

    You might not know this but when I look at supreme court ruling I look for how they came to that decision and see nothing in those decisions that is accurate. Maybe you can help me and tell me what is supporting such a claim that was made in the supreme court. If not, I see nothing in there to support the claims.
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    Re: Cut Ten Commandments down to 6?

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    If that is the case, then I have just as much right, if I were a teacher, to make my students bow down to Allah, or worship Buddha, talk like a pirate to the flying spaghetti monster, or get on their knees to Cthulhu. After all, we are talking about freedom of religion here. I think that, with separation of church and state, our forefathers also had another idea in mind.... Freedom FROM religion.
    Prove it. I see nothing to support that claim.

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    Re: Cut Ten Commandments down to 6?

    Quote Originally Posted by rocket88 View Post
    Religion is like a penis. It's ok to have one. It's ok to be proud of it. It's not ok to wave it around in everyone's face.


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    Re: Cut Ten Commandments down to 6?

    Quote Originally Posted by Henrin View Post
    Mine is not my opinion but the opinion found in the federalist papers. Yours was dreamed up to restrict speech without any grounding in the Constitution or the federalist papers for such a decision.

    You might not know this but when I look at supreme court ruling I look for how they came to that decision and see nothing in those decisions that is accurate. Maybe you can help me and tell me what is supporting such a claim that was made in the supreme court. If not, I see nothing in there to support the claims.
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    Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should "make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof," thus building a wall of separation between Church & State. Adhering to this expression of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore to man all his natural rights, convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties.

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    that letter from jefferson is the basis for separation of church and state,it is in no way affiliated with the federalist papers or the constitution.

    determining the seperation of church and state from that letter would be the same as saying the 10nth amendment doesnt apply because bill clinton wrote a letter about it.
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