A federal judge in Virginia is suggesting the Ten Commandments be scaled back to Six Commandments, omitting the four that mention God or the Sabbath. Judge Michael Urbanski is credited with this brainstorm, put forth during oral arguments resulting from a lawsuit filed by a Narrows High School student.
School officials insist the display is not religious, as it is surrounded by historical documents such as the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence. But in the U.S. District Court in Roanoke, the judge asked, "If indeed this issue is not about God, why wouldn't it make sense for Giles County to say, 'Let's go back and just post the bottom six?'" This is no joke, folks, although it may sound like one.
Roanoke.com reports that Matthew Staver of Liberty Council represents the county, and wants the lawsuit dismissed. He said the question of editing the Ten Commandments had never come up before, to which the judge responded, "Well, it's going to come up today."
The Six Commandments. Somehow, it just doesn't have the same ring. What's next? The Silver Rule? The Copper Rule? Is anyone else sick and tired of homogenizing everything that offends someone? ACLU's stand, as usual, seems to alter freedom of religion to freedom from religion.
Of course, it's an eye-roller to say the Ten Commandments display is not religious; but the history of this country is entrenched with religion. To obliterate all religious display or connotation under the guise of freedom of (from) religion is a feeble attempt to rewrite history. Like it or not, religion is an important part of this country's history.
Maybe Judge Urbanski took his Six Commandments resolution from Solomon, ordering a baby split in half to settle a dispute between two mothers. The question remains, who will save the baby?