Our nation’s bedrock: The Ten Commandments

James Madison, known as “the Father of our Constitution,” stated, “We have staked the whole of all our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government, upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.”

Our Founding Fathers intentionally anchored this nation into the legal and moral bedrock of the Ten Commandments given to Moses by God Himself.  Images of Moses and of the Commandments are found in many federal buildings across Washington, D. C.

The Supreme Court alone, our ultimate determination of and appeal to law and justice,  has myriads of them:

Across the gable apex above the main entrance to the Supreme Court Building:

Ten Commandments and Moses at the Supreme Court Building

On both heavy oak doors leading into the courtroom:

Moses and the Ten Commandments

Above where the Justices sit:

The Ten Commandments on the door of the U.S. Supreme Court

–as well as in dozens of locations on the bronze latticework surrounding the Supreme Court Bar seating. http://www.itwillpass.com/law-Moses-Ten-Commandments-US-Supreme-Court.shtml

John Jay, first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, wrote, “No human society has ever been able to maintain both order and freedom, both cohesiveness and liberty apart from the moral precepts of the Christian Religion applied and accepted by all the classes. Should our Republic ever forget this fundamental precept of governance, men are certain to shed their responsibilities for licentiousness and this great experiment will then surely be doomed.”

In 2005, in a 5-4 split, the Supreme Court did not “forget this fundamental precept of governance” but deliberately jettisoned it, ruling that the Ten Commandments could not be displayed in court buildings or on government property.

Leading the dissent, Justice Antonin Scalia railed against what he perceived as the majority opinion’s inconsistency.  Listing the various ways in which higher beings are invoked in public life — from “so help me God” in inaugural oaths to the prayer that opens the Supreme Court’s sessions — Scalia asked, “With all of this reality (and much more) staring it in the face, how can the court possibly assert that ‘the First Amendment mandates governmental neutrality’ [on religion]?” http://www.foxnews.com/story/2005/06/28/supreme-court-bars-commandments-from-courthouses.html

Point well taken.







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1 Response to Our nation’s bedrock: The Ten Commandments

  1. Tracy Brantlinger says:

    Nice. Love stuff that upholds & supports our constitution!


    Sent from my iPhone


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