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10 Commandments not basis of Law

August 22, 2003

Albany - The 10 Commandments can be posted in churches, in private schools, and in your home, but not in government buildings.

"The way in which Roy Moore has chosen to handle this is as much a part of the problem as is the debate and probably more than it is about the debate about the 10 commandments," says Reverend Robert Beckum.

Many people, including Justice Moore, believe the 10 Commandments are the foundation of the United States Constitution, but only three of the commandments can be interpreted as law in the Constitution: Thou shall not kill, thou shall not steal, and thou shall not lie.

People are angry in this case not only because Justice Moore is displaying the commandments, but because he is disobeying the law he made an oath to uphold.

"I think it's a shame that you have the person who is the chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court who is violating this oath to support the Constitution of the United States," says Attorney Jim Finkelstein.

And the Reverend Robert Beckum says although the Constitution may have some laws framed after the 10 Commandments, they are not the sole basis of the law.

Alabama state officials have made plans to remove the 5300 pound monument that was installed by Justice Moore.

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