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A Few More Interesting Facts from 1000 More Things U Always Wanted 2 No About the Bible

The Author of the book is J. Stephen Lang
I think this is a fantastic book for DISCOVERING  some very interesting information that most might be interested in.

Chapter 1 of the book coversTitled———– SO MANY LEGENDS (only legends or hearsay)

#1  Colored Eggs at Easter

No, the Bible has nothing to say about Easter eggs. There is a n old legend  connected to Simon of Cyrene, the man who was forced to carry the Cross of Jesus to Calvary (Mark 15:21) Legend has it that Simon was an egg merchant so when he returned from seeing the Crucifixion , he found that all the eggs in his produce basket had miraculously turned a variety of bright colors. In an alternate version of the story, his eggs did not take on their beautiful coloring until the day of Christ’s resurrection–Easter that is.

#4  The Lion’s Cubs

Many animals such as cats are born blind (or more accurately with their eyes closed). An old legend has it that lion cubs are actually born dead, but come to life on the third day when the father lion breathes life into them. Tradition makes this a symbol of Christ, who came to life after the third day in the grave.

#5 The Donkey’s Cross

The donkey is a much mentioned Bible creature, notable in the life of Jesus for being the beast that carried Him into Jerusalem. Some people discern a sort of cross-shaped mark on the donkey’s shoulders, which is why they say, a symbol of having carried Christ.

#12  Lazarus’s  Second Life

What became of Lazarus after Jesus raised him from the dead? (John 11) The Bible does not say, but the people of the island of Cyprus have an idea: Lazarus became an evangelist and later became the island’s bishop. He is buried, tradition says, in the white  limestone Church of St. Lazarus— his second grave. Over his tomb is the inscription ” Lazarus, a friend of Christ”.

 

Chapter 2  The Bible Versus the Modern World

#37  Chapter and Verse

Author Mike Bryan, a professed agnostic, did a curious thing: he enrolled in Criswell College, an extremely conservative Southern Baptist college in Dallas, to find out if Bible-believing Christians were as horrible as he thought. To his surprise, he liked them, and they treated him with warmth and kindness. His 1991 book, Chapter and Verse, has the subtitle A Skeptic Revisits Christianity. After his stay at Criswell, Bryan is still a skeptic, but one with a fresh respect for Christians who take the Bible seriously. The title, of course comes from conservative Christians’ habit of backing up their beliefs with specific quotes from the Bible—-“chapter and verse”.   http://www.nytimes.com/1991/08/18/books/a-stranger-within-their-gates.html

 

# 44  The RSV (Revised Standard Version) Fracas

Few Bible versions have been greeted with as much animosity as the Revised Standard Version, published in 1952.  A few preachers actually burned the new Bible to show their feelings for it, and there were numerous pamphlets with titles such as –  The bible of antichrist, The new blasphemous bible, Whose unclean fingers have tampered with God’s Holy Bible? the  new bible: why Christians should not accept it, and so on. History was repeating itself: most great versions of the past, such as Luther’s Tyndale’s even (centuries ago) the Latin Vulgate, faced opposition for the obvious reason that people are bothered by change. Of course , the fact the RSV was sponsored by the National Council of Churches(with a well-deserved reputation for being liberal) bothered many conservatives. Another reason to remember: no translation is perfect, and there were some valid criticism of the RSV, as there will be of any translation. But some criticisms were downright silly-changing “thou” to “you” example, a change that most people would now approve.  http://ncccusa.org/newbtu/aboutrsv.html      https://www.ministrymagazine.org/archive/1953/02/the-revised-standard-version

 

#45  The Ecumenical Movement

There is no shortage of Christian denominations and independent churches. Most Christians accept this situation, but others claim that many divisions are a scandal. Many Christians have taken seriously Jesus’ word to His disciples regarding the “one fold, and one shepherd” (John 10:16 KJV) and His prayer that His followers “all may be one” (John 17:21 KJV). The ecumenical movement is the basic attempt to unite Christians – spiritually, if not organizationally. This resulted in Interdenominational coöperation and sometimes the merging of denominations. But the attempt to unite the churches has resulted in some very liberal bureaucracies, notably the National Council of Churches and the World Council of Churches. http://www.propheticrevelation.com/misc/ecumove.htm

http://www.gotquestions.org/ecumenism-ecumenical.html

http://jesus-is-savior.com/False%20Doctrines/ecumenical_movement.htm

 

Living In A Secular World (still in chap.2)     #46  Back To Middletown

One of the most famous sociological studies ever done in America was undertaken by Robert and Helen Lynd, who did a close-up study of the city of Muncie, Indiana and published the famous book : Middletown- A Study in Contemporary American Culture (1992)        http://www.pbs.org/fmc/segments/progseg4.htm                                                                                                                                       The Lynds considered “Middletown” to be a typical American town, so when they studied it n the 1920’s they discovered that most of its residents believed in the sacredness of the Bible, the reality of heaven and hell, and the divinity of Jesus. But something changed RADICALLY in the 1930″s for when the Lynds studied Muncie during that decade, they found that people no longer held to their beliefs, and with not the same certainty. Their book in 1937  The Middletown in Transition showed that science and secularism had taken their toll on the  American belief systems.             https://www.southern.edu/history/Documents/McArthur/American%20History%20II/Middletown.pdf

 

 #50 ACLU VS. TEN COMMANDMENTS

In May 2000, the American Civil Liberties Union found another reason to complain(and sue): it seemed the country seal of Richmond County, Georgia contains an image of two stone tablets with Roman Numerals I through X. The stone tablets represents the Ten Commandments. The ACLU, no friend of the Bible, cited the usual argument about “separation of church and state”, and thus the country seal could not have an image from the Bible , and so on ….                                        https://www.aclu.org/news/aclu-ga-sues-local-officials-over-ten-commandments-image-county-seal     https://www.questia.com/newspaper/1G1-63956349/aclu-sues-county-over-seal-with-2-stone-tablets-ten              http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/aclu-to-appeal-ruling-allowing-commandments-on-court-seal

 

#52 Ohio, The Bible, and the Modern World

The state motto of Ohio is a quote from the Bible: “With God  all things are possible”. (Matt.19:26). Inevitably the forces of secularism had to protest this, citing the usual issue of “separation of church and state”. In May 2000 a Federal Appeals Court ruled that the Motto was indeed unconstitutional.                                                                                                 http://www.statesymbolsusa.org/symbol-official-item/ohio/state-motto-state-quarter/god-all-things-are-possible                  http://ohiohistorycentral.org/w/Ohio’s_State_Motto?rec=1885

 

 Chapter 5   CUSTOME OF CHRISTIANS

#198.  “In Remembrance of Me”

These words are carved on many churches’ Communion tables. They are from I Corinthians 11:23-26, which quotes Jesus’ words to His disciples at the Last Supper: “This do… in remembrance of me” (KJV). Many Christians believe the Lord’s Supper is just that – a remembrance of the original Last Supper, a kind of memorial meal. For centuries Christiana fought over this issue, some believing it is just a memorial ( called consubstantiation), others believing that in the ritual the bread and wine literally become the body and the blood of Christ( called transubstantiation).  http://biblehub.com/luke/22-19.htm       http://www.bible.ca/interactive/worship-14-communion.htm                                                                  http://www.learnthebible.org/partaking-of-the-lords-supper.html

 

Thanks for reading, u are much-loved, and be blessed in Christ Jesus, everyday! 🙂

 

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(More Nippets from The 1000 More Things You Always Wanted To Know About the Bible

From the Book: 1000 More Things You Always Wanted To Know About The Bible by Stephen Lang

Chapter 2   THE BIBLE VERSUS the MODERN WORLD

#23  Divine Creation vs. Darwin   According to intellectuals, the 1925 Scopes trial (also known as the “monkey trial”) settled forever the question of whether the Bible was reliable as a science textbook. Technically, teacher John Scopes was found guilty for teaching evolution in his science class, but the worldwide audience that followed the trial felt that Scopes – and Darwin’s theory of evolution – won the day. But not so fast: in the 1090s some school boards began to modify their views on the subject. Scientist who take new findings  seriously began to question whether Darwin was as wise as they thought. And Christians not always willing to roll over and play dead when confronted with a secular worldview, had pressed for school systems to at least teach the possibility that God created the world (and not necessarily in six twenty-four-hour day, following Genesis1). The battle is still on, a battle not just between religion and secularism, but between unbelievers and those who think the deep kerned of truth in Genesis I ( that a personal God created the world with a purpose) is still deserving a hearing in our schools. (p. 11)

Chapter 2  THE BIBLE VERSUS the MODERN WORLD

#52 Ohio, the BIBLE, and The Modern World

The State Motto of Ohio is a quote from the Bible: ” With God All Things Are Possible” (Matt. 19:26) Inevitably the forces of secularism had to protest this, citing the usual issue of “separation of church and state”. In May 2000 a federal appeals court ruled that the motto was indeed unconstitutional. (p. 27)

Chapter 4  WHAT THE FAMOUS SAID

#103  Ralph Waldo Emerson

The essays of Emerson (1803-1882) used to be required readings for every schoolchild, and he is still quite readable. The man known as a Transcendentalist was hardly a Christian in the usual sense, but he did  have a deep respect for the Bible. In fact, Emerson noted that mankind would probably never get rid of the Bible, even if it wished to: ” Pitch it out the window and bounce, it comes back again”, He claimed that the Bible was “the most original book in the world”. “The alphabet  of the nations, and an engine of education of the first power.” (p. 52)

 Chapter 4  WHAT THE FAMOUS SAID

# 112  Uncle Tom’s Author

Harriet Beecher Stowe gave the world the poplar anti slavery novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin, and people often forgot that she was a devout Christian. She credited the Bible not with giving her amoral foundation but also with stimulating creativity: ” I am certain that the constant contact of the Bible with my childish mind was a great mental stimulant, as it certainly was the cause of a singular and vague pleasure”. (p. 56)

Chapter 5  CUSTOMS OF CHRISTIANS

#178  SALT AND HOLY WATER

“Holy water” is water that has been blessed for use in Christian rituals.  It is ordinary tap water, to which a pinch of salt has been added, that has had a blessing pronounced over it by a priest. The Bible says nothing whatsoever about such a practice, but the use of salt in the water has a biblical origin: Jesus told His followers they were to be the  “salt of the earth” Matt. 5:13, and the salt has a long symbolized purity and preservation. (p. 88)

Chapter 5  CUSTOMS OF CHRISTIANS

#184 CLOSED COMMUNION

In many Churches, Communion is “open”- that is, anyone in the church may receive the bread and the wine that are used for the offering. The New Testament itself had a much stricter standard. The Apostle Paul told the Corinthians Christians that “whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself … For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself…                    I Corinthian 11:27-29.  In other words, Christians needed to be right with God and their neighbor before taking Communion. Paul may also have meant that Communion was only for those people who understand its meaning; thus non-believers should not take Communion. In time past pastors sometimes met with their members before Communion to determine if they were spiritually ready to receive it. This was “closed Communion”, which can also refer to denominations that you be a member of their group before taking Communion. (p. 91)

Chapter 6  THE JOYS (and WOES ) OF TRANSLATING

#216  DYNAMIC EQUIVALENCE

Translating the Bible involves taking two ancient languages (Hebrew & Greek) and trying to make them understandable to modern people speaking  entirely different.  One common question for translators is this: Do we try to make the translation’s words follow the same pattern as in Greek and Hebrew, or do we try to make the ideas the same? When translators strive to make the words and sentences as much like the original languages as possible, this is known as formal equivalence. When the translators strive to communicate the ideas it is known as  dynamic equivalence. Translators argue often about what is the  “best” method, but truth is that all translations end up being some form of compromise between formal equivalence and dynamic equivalence. (p. 105)

Chapter 7  SOME CURIOUS BELIEFS AND PRACTICES

#299  VEGETARIAN CHRISTIANS

Among the more curious versions of the Bible ever published was one done by American vegetarianism advocate Olive Pell. Her version of he Bile, published in 1852,  “cleaned up” the King James Version, not only by taking out all the sex and violence  but also by removing all references to eating meat. Miss Pell believed that true believers would frown on anything but pure vegetarianism. (p. 143)

Chapter 8   BACK IN THE U.S.A

# 394   In Spring of 2000, the state of Indiana passed a law allowing public buildings to display the Ten Commandments. The law was an obvious slap at the American Civil Liberties Union and its containing (and effective) efforts to strip all evidence of the Bible and Christianity from public life. (p. 159)

Chapter 8   BACK IN THE U.S.A

# 327  MANNA FOR BREAKFAST

The cereal that later became well-known as Post Toasties first, had the very biblical name Elijah’s Manna (which is slightly wrong, since Elijah the prophet was fed by ravens in the wilderness, but it was not manna they brought him, manna being the miracle food provided for the Israelites in the days of Moses.) (p. 161)

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From The Book: 1000 More Things You Always Wanted To Know About The BIBLE

I thought I’d do something for fun, so here it is! A lot of you already know this stuff, so this is for the ones who don’t….

From a book I own:  1,000 More Things You Always Wanted To Know About the Bible  by: J. Stephen Lang

 Chapter 8:  Back in the U.S.A

Moses and the Supreme Court
In the U.S Supreme Court Building stands a statue of Moses holding the TEN COMMANDMENTS. The statue symbolizes the law’s dependence on the Laws of God. Given the trend of the courts in recent years, it is a miracle that someone hasn’t protested the statue as indicating ” establishment of religion.” Stand by: (p.159)

lots of stuff concerning the  U.S.A.  Supreme Court, but here’s a little bit of it…

http://www.supremecourt.gov/about/courtbuilding.aspx

The Supreme Court Building:

“The Republic endures and this is the symbol of its faith.” These words, spoken by Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes in laying the cornerstone for the Supreme Court Building on October 13, 1932, express the importance of the Supreme Court in the American system.

Yet surprisingly, despite its role as a coequal branch of government, the Supreme Court was not provided with a building of its own until 1935, the 146th year of its existence.

Initially, the Court met in the Merchants Exchange Building in New York City. When the National Capital moved to Philadelphia in 1790, the Court moved with it, establishing Chambers first in the State House (Independence Hall) and later in the City Hall.

When the Federal Government moved, in 1800, to the permanent Capital, Washington, the District of Columbia, the Court again moved with it. Since no provision had been made for a Supreme Court Building, Congress lent the Court space in the new Capitol Building. The Court was to change its meeting place a half dozen times within the Capitol. Additionally, the Court convened for a short period in a private house after the British set fire to the Capitol during the War of 1812. Following this episode, the Court returned to the Capitol and met from 1819 to 1860 in a chamber now restored as the “Old Supreme Court Chamber.” Then from 1860 until 1935, the Court sat in what is now known as the “Old Senate Chamber.”

Finally in 1929, Chief Justice William Howard Taft, who had been President of the United States from 1909 to 1913, persuaded Congress to end this arrangement and authorize the construction of a permanent home for the Court. Architect Cass Gilbert was charged by Chief Justice Taft to design “a building of dignity and importance suitable for its use as the permanent home of the Supreme Court of the United States.”

Neither Taft nor Gilbert survived to see the Supreme Court Building completed. Construction proceeded under the direction of Chief Justice Hughes and architects Cass Gilbert, Jr., and John R. Rockart. The construction, begun in 1932, was completed in 1935, when the Court was finally able to occupy its own building.

The classical Corinthian architectural style was selected because it best harmonized with nearby congressional buildings. The building was designed on a scale in keeping with the importance and dignity of the Court and the Judiciary as a coequal, independent branch of the United States Government, and as a symbol of “the national ideal of justice in the highest sphere of activity.”

The general dimensions of the foundation are 385 feet from east to west, (front to back) and 304 feet from north to south. At its greatest height, the building rises four stories above the terrace or ground floor. Marble was chosen as the principal material to be used and $3 million worth was gathered from foreign and domestic quarries. Vermont marble was used for the exterior, while the four inner courtyards are of crystalline flaked, white Georgia marble. Above the basement level, the walls and floors of all corridors and entrance halls are either wholly or partially of creamy Alabama marble. The wood in offices throughout the building, such as doors, trim, paneled walls, and some floors, is American quartered white oak.

The Court Building cost less than the $9,740,000 Congress authorized for its construction. Not only was the final and complete cost of the building within the appropriation, but all furnishings were also procured, even though planners had initially expected that the project would require additional appropriations. Upon completion of the project, $94,000 was returned to the Treasury.

 

Touring the Building

The main entrance to the Supreme Court Building is on the west side, facing the United States Capitol. A few low steps lead up to the 252-foot-wide oval plaza in front of the building. Flanking these steps is a pair of marble candelabra with carved panels on their square bases depicting: Justice, holding sword and scales, and The Three Fates, weaving the thread of life. On either side of the plaza are fountains, flagpoles, and benches.

The bronze flagpole bases are crested with symbolic designs of the scales and sword, the book, the mask and torch, the pen and mace, and the four elements: air, earth, fire, and water.

On either side of the main steps are seated marble figures. These large statues are the work of sculptor James Earle Fraser. On the left is a female figure, the Contemplation of Justice. On the right is a male figure, the Guardian or Authority of Law.

Sixteen marble columns at the main west entrance support the pediment. On the architrave above is incised “Equal Justice Under Law” Capping the entrance is a sculptured group by Robert Aitken, representing Liberty Enthroned guarded by Order and Authority. On either side are groups of three figures depicting Council and Research which Aitken modeled after several prominent individuals concerned with the law or the creation of the Supreme Court Building. At the left are Chief Justice Taft as a youth, Secretary of State Elihu Root, and the architect Cass Gilbert. Seated on the right are Chief Justice Hughes, the sculptor Aitken, and Chief Justice Marshall as a young man.

Too often, visitors do not see the corresponding pediment and columns on the east side. Here the sculpture group is by Hermon A. MacNeil, and the marble figures represent great lawgivers, Moses, Confucius, and Solon, flanked by symbolic groups representing Means of Enforcing the Law, Tempering Justice with Mercy, Settlement of Disputes Between States, and Maritime and other functions of the Supreme Court. The architrave bears the legend: “Justice the Guardian of Liberty.”

The monumental bronze doors at the top of the front steps weighs six and one-half tons each and slide into a wall recess when opened. The door panels, sculpted by John Donnelly, Jr., depict historic scenes in the development of law: the trial scene from the shield of Achilles, as described in the Iliad; a Roman praetor publishing an edict; Julian and a pupil; Justinian publishing the Corpus Juris; King John sealing the Magna Carta; the Chancellor publishing the first Statute of Westminster; Lord Coke barring King James from sitting as a Judge; and Chief Justice Marshall and Justice Story.

The main corridor is known as the Great Hall. At each side, double rows of monolithic marble columns rise to a coffered ceiling. Busts of all former Chief Justices are set alternately in niches and on marble pedestals along the side walls. The frieze is decorated with medallion profiles of lawgivers and heraldic devices.

At the east end of the Great Hall, oak doors open into the Court Chamber. This dignified room measures 82 by 91 feet and has a 44–foot ceiling. Its 24 columns are Old Convent Quarry Siena marble from Liguria, Italy; its walls and friezes are of Ivory Vein marble from Alicante, Spain; and its floor borders are Italian and African marble.

The raised Bench behind which the Justices sit during sessions, and other furniture in the Courtroom are mahogany. The Bench was altered in 1972 from a straight-line to a “winged” shape to provide sight and sound advantages over the original design.

At the left of the Bench is the Clerk of the Court’s desk. The Clerk is responsible for the administration of the Court’s dockets and argument calendars, the supervision of the admission of attorneys to the Supreme Court Bar, and other related activities. To the right is the desk of the Marshal of the Court. The Marshal is the timekeeper of Court sessions, signalling the lawyer by white and red lights as to time limits. The Marshal’s responsibilities include the maintenance and security of the building and serving as the Court’s building manager.

The attorneys arguing cases before the Court occupy the tables in front of the Bench. When it is their turn to argue, they address the Bench from the lectern in the center. A bronze railing divides the public section from that reserved for the Supreme Court Bar.

Representatives of the press are seated in the red benches along the left side of the Courtroom. The red benches on the right are reserved for guests of the Justices. The black chairs in front of those benches are for the officers of the Court and visiting dignitaries.

The main floor is largely occupied by the Justices’ Chambers, offices for law clerks and secretaries, the large, formal East and West Conference Rooms, the offices of the Marshal, an office for the Solicitor General, the Lawyers’ Lounge, and the Justices’ Conference Room and Robing Room. This office space surrounds four courtyards, each with a central fountain.

Most of the second floor is devoted to office space including the offices of the Reporter of Decisions and the Legal Office. The Justices’ Library Reading Room and the Justices’ Dining Room are also located here.

The Library occupies the third floor and has a collection of more than 500,000 volumes. To meet the informational needs of the Court, librarians draw on electronic retrieval systems and their microform collection in addition to books. The library’s main reading room is paneled in hand carved oak. The wood carving here, as throughout the building, is the work of the Matthews Brothers.

The ground floor is devoted to offices and public services, including the offices of the Clerk of the Court, the Counselor to the Chief Justice, police headquarters, the Public Information Office and Press Room, the Curator’s Office and the Personnel Office. On this floor visitors can view one of the two marble spiral staircases. Each ascends five stories and is supported only by overlapping steps and by their extensions into the wall.

 

10 Commandments on the doors

one of a door panel found within the Supreme Court Building

FAITH UNDER FIRE

Ten Commandments stunner: Feds lying at Supreme Court

Government tells modern visitors it’s Bill of Rights being honored

Published: 11/14/2006 at 1:00 AM ( old article but still applies to today)
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2006/11/38823/#GWteA8vcJ6cEw05t.99

Every argument before the U.S. Supreme Court and every opinion the justices deliver comes in the presence of the Ten Commandments, God’s law given to Moses on a fire-scorched mountain, and now represented for the United States in the very artwork carved into the high court structure.

In today’s world of revisionist history, the proof comes through the work of a California pastor who visited the Supreme Court building recently when he was in Washington and was surprised that what the tour guides were telling him wasn’t the same thing as what he was seeing.

Todd DuBord, pastor of the Lake Almanor Community Church in California, said he was traveling with his wife, Tracy, and was more than startled during recent visits to the courthouse and two other historic locations to discover the stories of the nation’s heritage had been sterilized of Christian references.

(CNSNews.com) – This Sunday, the “Save the Commandments Caravan” tour will arrive at the U.S. Supreme Court to protest the high court’s decision not to get involved in an Alabama dispute involving the Ten Commandments. Supreme Court justices decided to stay out of the controversy even though the Supreme Court building itself contains several references and statues of Moses holding tablets.

The Alabama dispute is by now well known to the public. State Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore had a 2.5-ton Ten Commandments monument erected in the rotunda of the Alabama Judicial Building. After much legal wrangling, including a rejected request that the U.S. Supreme Court rule on whether the placement of the monument was legal, a lower federal court ordered the monument removed.

But Christian groups have continued the struggle on Moore’s behalf ever since.

Gary DeMar, president of the American Vision, a Christian educational and communications organization, said the U.S. Supreme Court building contains several references and depictions of Moses and the Ten Commandments. A summary of DeMar’s upcoming book, America’s Christian Heritage, promises to “deliver all the facts you need to defend the Ten Commandments as a public display and to preserve your rights as a Christian American.””

As a part of larger sculptural clusters, Moses is shown with tablets in the Great Hall, The East Pediment, and the North Courtroom of the U.S. Supreme Court, DeMar said. There is also an image of the Ten Commandments that is engraved on the frame of the bronze gates separating the courtroom from the aisle.

Also, above where the chief justice sits, a banner reads, “Justice, the Guardian of Liberty.” Centered above the banner is a depiction of Moses seated and holding the Ten Commandments, DeMar added.

The U.S. Supreme Court website states that, “Over time, the use of two tablets has become a symbol for the Commandments, and more generally, ancient laws. Tablets signify the permanence of the law when written in stone.”

Joseph Loconte, a religious expert from The Heritage Foundation, said it’s clear America’s Founding Fathers intended to create a secular constitution for the young nation.

But while the “the body of the Constitution is a secular text,” Loconte said, “it was perfectly natural to them to have the religious roots of the republic represented in symbol form to remind people of those religious roots and connections.”

Today’s liberal left, Loconte asserted, believes that the Constitution gives them the right never to hear religious speech they find offensive. “That is not at all at what the First Amendment protects…the First Amendment protects the right of all individuals, religious or non-religious, to express their views.

“This idea that you have a constitutional right never to hear religious speech that you find offensive is madness, absolute madness,” Loconte said.

But Robert Boston, assistant communications director with Americans United for Separation of Church and State, believes the figures of Moses and the Ten Commandments at the Supreme Court are merely there in a historical context, along with many other depictions.

Boston said he believes many people are confused and are making invalid assumptions.

“According to the Supreme Court’s website, the artist who designed the East Pediment frieze (sculptured band), said that the tablet was designed to represent the Bill of Rights and not the Ten Commandments,” Boston said. “That makes sense because it is a single tablet, not two tablets. Some people are just confused and believe that anything resembling a tablet or has one to ten written on them must be representative of the Ten Commandments.”

Despite the many claims he has heard, that the Ten Commandments serve as the foundation for American law, Boston said, at best, there are only three commandments reflected in secular law: Thou Shall Not Kill, Thou Shall Not Steal, and Thou Shall Not Lie.

“These common sense laws have existed in every society. The government isn’t supposed to endorse religion. Do it like the Supreme Court does — have an educational display that includes the Ten Commandments among many other sources,” Boston said.

http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/04pdf/03-1500.pdf

 SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES
Syllabus VAN ORDEN v. PERRY, IN HIS OFFICIAL CAPACITY AS GOVERNOR OF TEXAS AND CHAIRMAN, STATE PRESERVATION BOARD, ET AL. CERTIORARI TO THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FIFTH CIRCUIT No. 03–1500. Argued March 2, 2005—Decided June 27, 2005

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