Louisiana Ten Commandments monument legislation on the move

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May 25, 2011 1 Comment ›› Ben DuPré TX_Ten_Commandments_Monument

Louisiana Ten Commandments monument legislation on the move

A Louisiana House of Representatives committee approved a bill (http://www NULL.nola NULL.com/politics/index NULL.ssf/2011/05/house_committee_unanimously_ap_1 NULL.html) yesterday to authorize a Ten Commandments monument on the Capitol grounds. The legislation (http://www NULL.legis NULL.state NULL.la NULL.us/billdata/streamdocument NULL.asp?did=740334) provides for a privately designed and funded monument similar in size and wording to the Texas monument (http://www NULL.tspb NULL.state NULL.tx NULL.us/spb/gallery/monulist/10 NULL.htm) (left) approved by the U.S. Supreme Court in the 2005 case, Van Orden v. Perry (http://www NULL.law NULL.cornell NULL.edu/supct/html/03-1500 NULL.ZS NULL.htmlhttp://www NULL.law NULL.cornell NULL.edu/supct/html/03-1500 NULL.ZS NULL.html).

While the State of Louisiana already has the authority and power to erect a monument of the Ten Commandments, it is nice to see the Legislature affirmatively crafting a plan to design and install one.  The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Patrick Williams, described the monument as

an historical display to inform and enlighten the public on the role of law [in public policy]. The context is everything. . . .  The monument will show how the commandments have played a part in our national history and in our state.

It seems Gov. Bobby Jindal supports the effort, too.

But not everybody is happy about it. Rep. Rosalind Jones argued that a monument to the Napoleonic Code would be better and that, although most of the state has a Christian background, “we do represent a large percentage of the population that does not follow the Ten Commandments.”

Representative Jones, that sounds like an excellent reason to install the monument!

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