Ten Commandments monument dispute

08.27.03

No disrespect intended here, but isn’t idol worship prohibited by Christianity?

A Ten Commandments monument at the center of a bitter dispute over the constitutional separation of church and state was removed from public view on Wednesday in Alabama’s state judicial building.

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Some protesters were distraught over the removal of the monument. One protester screamed “Put it back, put it back” as others in front of the judicial building tried to calm him down.

I mean, it’s a monument. It’s a piece of granite. And while I believe that separation of church and state means that it has no place in a judicial building, normally I can see the other side of the argument too. But in this case, it’s people worshipping a big rock. That’s their right, of course, but I was under the (perhaps mistaken) impression that it went against their religion too.

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1 Steven 08.27.03 at 9:36 PM

Sari,
This issue has nothing to do with worshiping idols, Moore’s supporters aren’t worshiping the monument.

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2 Dr_Funk 08.28.03 at 1:19 AM

The irony of all this is that the Second Commandment carved on the monument is the one that prohibits the whole worshipping graven images thing…

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3 Alan McLeod 08.28.03 at 2:19 PM

From a liberal Christian point of view it looks like at least iconistic practice to me. What is the point? If the thing is removed, has the faith been removed? The tenuousness of God and faith to some folk amazes me.

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4 Michael Glazer 08.28.03 at 4:47 PM

Worshipping idols? How do you make that connection?

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5 Me 08.29.03 at 6:38 PM

There’s a hilarious take on this in this article
(www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=21&ItemID=4103)

An example-

1 — “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”
 
This one has dubious growth potential. As any significant time spent in medialand ought to make clear, false idols are the essence of the advertising biz. These days, serious devotion to a non-monetary deity would seem rather quaint in contrast to Nielsen ratings, Arbitron numbers and the Audit Bureau of Circulations. The gold standard may have gone the way of the golden calf, but media references to spiritual pieties can be understood as window-dressing for an industry that knows there’s a world of difference between prophets and profits.

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