Five days after a Ten Commandments monument was approved to be placed on the courthouse lawn, the group making the request asked that the issue be removed from a meeting scheduled for Monday evening, March 25, and revisited at a later date.
Apparently, Tom Reeves, attorney for the Board of County Commissioners, had contacted the Liberty Counsel and asked if they would represent the county in case a lawsuit was filed. He was informed that, because of the way the matter had been handled without a plan where exactly the monument would be placed and how to deal with future requests, that Liberty would not represent the county.
The letter requesting the matter be withdrawn from consideration at the March 25 meeting was presented to the board by former County Judge Wetzel Blair, who had presented an appeal to the board to approve the measure at their Wednesday, March 20, meeting.
The Madison County Commission voted 5-0 to allow the Ten Commandments to be placed on the Madison County Courthouse Lawn. The monument should be placed there in a few days. Look in Friday’s Madison Enterprise-Recorder or online Herelater today for full story.
The Ten Commandments monument is sitting on a truck on private property on Highway 90, next to Courtyard Apartments. A placard, bearing the urging people to call their county commissioners and have them support the Ten Commandments being placed on the Courthouse Lawn, is on the back of it. Because of the wind, the placard was face down when the photographer took this photo. Because this newspaper believes it is the right of citizens to have their opinions heard by their commissioners, we are putting the numbers of the commissioners here. Remember, the commissioners work for YOU and should be willing to hear YOUR opinion, whatever it may be. Each commissioner makes more for a part-time job ($27,131.04) than many people make working at a full-time job, so they should listen and take your opinion into consideration. The phone numbers for the commissioners are: District 1, Justin Hamrick, (850) 464-0119; Wayne Vickers, District 2, (850) 929-4555; Renetta Parrish, District 3, (850) 973-3990; District 4, Alfred Martin, (850) 673-1567; and Roy Ellis, (850) 971-5864.
Jacob Bembry, EditorA Standard Of Excellence
The words are written in books read around the world. They have been translated from their original language into English, Japanese, Mandarin, Hindi and virtually ever other tongue spoken on Earth. The words find themselves displayed in homes, businesses and even government bodies. In fact, even the United States Supreme Court has them on their walls. They are the Ten Commandments.
The Ten Commandments have power. They have power to share the love of God and they have power for God to convict people of their sins. Jesus Christ saves us through His Grace, but He didn’t come to destroy the law but to fulfill the law.
The Ten Commandments are a standard of excellence for everyone to strive to live by. We should have no other God besides the Lord our God. We should not kill or steal. We should not lie. We should not commit adultery.
A monument of the Ten Commandments now sits across the street from the courthouse lawn. The courthouse lawn is where private individuals had asked for them to be placed but some lawmakers chose to fear lawsuits and complaints from others rather than to have faith and allow the commandments to be placed there.
Even if the Ten Commandments monument is never placed in another public institution again, we should read them, write them down and memorize them. Most important of all, however, is that we live them. If everyone did, imagine how much better the world would be.
By Jacob Bembry
Greene Publishing, Inc.
The Ten Commandments Monument, which sat on private property for a couple of weeks at the Busy Bee at the corner of US 90 and Highway 53, now sits on private property across the street from the Madison County Courthouse. They are located on property just east of the Courthouse and north of the post office next to the building, housing Owens Propane.
In June 2010, fearing lawsuits, the Madison County Commission ruled 3-2 against allowing the monument to be placed on the Courthouse lawn.
A quote attributed to James Madison, the fourth President of our country, one of the authors of the Constitution and the man who Madison County was named for, reads, “We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future of all of our political institutions upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves … according to the Ten Commandments of God.”
Some have contended that President Madison never made the statement because it cannot be found in any of his writings, while others believe that it could have been transcribed from one of Madison’s speeches.
Madison, known as “the Father of the Constitution,” believed in the Christian system of morality. He wrote that people who lived outside a Christian set of standards “live in darkness” because the other systems were “false religions.”
Whether one is Jewish, Christian, Muslim (the Koran has a list of commandments almost exactly the same as the Ten Commandments) or any other religion, the rules provide a great standard of living that everyone should strive toward.
The Ten Commandments monument, which could be viewed on private property at the corner of US 90 and Highway 53 in Madison, now can be viewed just east of the Madison County Courthouse and north of the post office. The Ten Commandments monument is located on private property.