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Monument at Capitol Would Just be Divisive

This letter appeared in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on March 30, 2014.

March 31, 2014

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Letters to the Editor

To the Editor: 

Notwithstanding the serious constitutional issues posed by a Ten Commandments monument at the state Capitol, Rep. Greg Morris’ column reflects a profound misunderstanding of religious liberty in America (“Monument reflects our religious liberty,” Opinion, March 27). He says his support for House Bill 702 is based in part on Georgia’s “long Judeo-Christian tradition.” Religious freedom in Georgia, however, is for all citizens regardless of faith tradition.

And which version of the commandments should be displayed? The commandments’ texts and ordering in the Catholic, Protestant and Jewish faiths are different; and indeed, they are at the center of historical tensions between Christians and Jews.

HB702 will only serve to divide Georgians along religious lines by conveying a message of exclusion to anyone not from the Judeo-Christian tradition or from faiths whose version of the commandments is not chosen. Surely, that was never the Founding Fathers’ intent. For this reason alone, the governor should veto the bill.

Sincerely,

Shelley Rose
Atlanta Regional Director

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