Last month, the Freedom From Religion Foundation asked Henderson County (TN) Mayor Dan Hughes to remove a religious etching in the walls of the local courthouse.
The Catholic League’s Bill Donohue, a man whose ignorance about the law never prevented him from whining about it, says that if FFRF is upset about a religious sign at a courthouse, just wait till they visit Washington, D.C.
It’s time for FFRF to do the manly thing and sue the U.S. Supreme Court.
If the militant atheists were to visit the Supreme Court, they would be apoplectic before entering: Moses and the Ten Commandments are inscribed near the top of the building.
Assuming they survived this indignity, their sensibilities would be assaulted again — even before they actually entered — by noting the Ten Commandments engraved on the lower portion of the two oak doors.
EMS personnel would have to be summoned next: inside the high court, right above where the Justices sit, is another display of the Ten Commandments.
What a completely irrational argument.
While the Supreme Court building includes Moses and the Ten Commandments, they are part of a much larger display featuring lawgivers throughout history. Snopes even published an article about it:
Moses is not given any special emphasis in this depiction: his figure is not larger than the others, nor does it appear in a dominant position. Also, the writing on the tablet carried by Moses in this frieze includes portions of commandments 6 through 10 (in Hebrew), specifically chosen because they are not inherently religious. (Commandments 6 through 10 proscribe murder, adultery, theft, perjury, and covetousness.)
The Bible verse inscription in Henderson County, on the other hand, is a one-off. It’s promotion of Christianity. And Hughes has already said he wants to inscribe another Bible verse in the walls.
That’s why this is illegal. That’s why FFRF is leaning toward a lawsuit. That’s why Donohue has no clue what he’s talking about. As usual.