GOP unveils Ten Commandments bill

Feb. 17, 2004 at 6:59 PM
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ATLANTA, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Republican lawmakers in Georgia State Tuesday unveiled their plan to allow government agencies to post the Ten Commandments in public places.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution said state Rep. Lynn Westmoreland will introduce a bill to allow local and state government to display historical documents with religious significance.

Those will include the Mayflower Compact, the Declaration of Independence and the Ten Commandments.

The law would require the state attorney general to defend in court any government that posts all three of those documents.

Westmoreland said the legislation is a response to the removal of the Ten Commandments from a courthouse in Alabama last year, and similar battles in Habersham and Barrow counties.

Westmoreland said people are tired of "judicial activism," where judges are chipping away at a reference to God as a fundamental part of the United States and its history.

An attorney from an Atlanta conservative publicinterest law firm says the legislation should withstand court challenges.

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