Ten Commandments Display Rejected in Louisiana April 15, 2011

Ten Commandments Display Rejected in Louisiana

The Rapides Parish Police Jury did something right this week when they voted against putting the Ten Commandments in the parish courthouse.

The motion failed Monday by a 6-3 vote…

“I’m comfortable with what we did,” said District F Juror Oliver “Ollie” Overton. “Like I said, when I was sworn in, I took an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States and Louisiana. I will not make a decision to knowingly violate the law.”

“I have lived by the Ten Commandments all my life, and I’ve taught them to my kids,” said District I Juror Scott Perry. “I carry the Ten Commandments in my heart. But if I vote today to ratify, I have broken the law.”

Wow… Christians who understand separation of church and state?! Don’t see that very often. We’re so used to seeing people push their faith down everyone else’s throats with their asinine arguments…

“When they outlaw having a Bible, are we going to take a stand then?” [District C Juror Jamie] Floyd said. “When they outlaw having a gun, are we going to take a stand then?”

Yeah… just like that. Nice to see someone find a way to compare two distinct forms of destruction.

If only every vote about forcing Christianity into the government went as well as this one…

(Thanks to Randall for the link)

***Update***: In Shreveport, LA, State Rep. Patrick Williams has filed a bill to “allow a monument displaying the Ten Commandments to be built on Capitol grounds.” He doesn’t hesitate to say conservative Christians will pay for it… and then has the audacity to say it’s not a religious monument.


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  • Kelly

    One step forward, one step back…

  • SWare

    “When they outlaw having a Bible…,”???
    What a nincompoop! But a fine example of the childish sort of argument you’d expect to see. Freedom of religion guarantees they get to keep their bibles thereby making it illegal to “ban” them. It really makes my head hurt sometimes.

    However I am very pleased to see the measure thwarted particularly by Christian. Reminds me of this George Carlin bit that I love. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzEs2nj7iZM

  • Larry

    There are actually quite a few christians who understand the constitution who nevertheless refuse to uphold it when it conflicts with their beliefs. There are also those christians who actively support separation of church and state and I, for one, feel they do not get sufficient credit for their stand. I know it is hard to praise an organization of religious folks, but we should acknowledge their efforts more than we do.

  • unfortunately, Rapides Parish in Louisiana is on the cusp of the Cajun Triangle….the further north you go (where Shreveport resides) the deeper into the Baptist Belt you go. The second measure (Shreveport) requesting the same will likely pass.

    FWIW – these parishes (northern louisiana) still have “dry” ordinances

  • Vanessa

    Haha, I think it’s funny that the last guy thinks having a Bible and a gun are equally important.

  • @Vanessa,

    “…it’s funny that the last guy thinks having a Bible and a gun are equally important.”

    Actually, it’s disturbing and cause for alarm, as he is certainly not alone in his sentiments.
    It’s because people like that exist in this republic of ours that I own guns.

  • Matt H

    My reply to Juror Jamie would have been: “I know you are but what am I!”

  • Kristi

    Really makes you think there is some hope left out there to turn a few things around. I look forward to more of this to come, but I still wont hold my breath. The update at the end… we will have to wait and see how that pans out.

  • Hazor

    ***Update***: In Shreveport, LA, State Rep. Patrick Williams has filed a bill to “allow a monument displaying the Ten Commandments to be built on Capitol grounds.” He doesn’t hesitate to say conservative Christians will pay for it… and then has the audacity to say it’s not a religious monument.

    ’cause, you know, the first 3-4 commandments are not explicitly religious in nature. At all. That God stuff? It’s just a metaphor for .. uh .. not-religion. Totally.