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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

The Six Commandments

We are not the only state whose elected leaders only obey the law when they feel like it. The governor of the Bluegrass State has just signed a bill authorizing a ten commandments monument on the state capital grounds.

The governor says the new monument does not violate last year's Scotus ruling that made two Kentucky counties remove their monuments. His reasoning: The commandments are "an integral part of our history and an integral part of our law" and so the monument is "a historical marker."

I am not the first person to point this out, but has the governor, or any of the other folks who argue that the ten commandments are the foundation of our law stopped to consider that if the first four commandments were laws, they would patently contradict the constitution?