I had to respond to the comments from Joe Fausnight (letter, Dec. 15), who seems to think our laws are not based on the Ten Commandments, and that U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood is "flatly wrong" in saying they are.
Our Founding Fathers most certainly had the Commandments in mind when this country was formed.
I was just wondering if Mr. Fausnight was aware of the following facts:
As you walk up the steps to the building which houses the U.S. Supreme Court, you can see near the top of the building a row of the world's lawgivers. Each one is facing one in the middle who is facing forward: It is Moses, and he is holding the Ten Commandments.
As you enter the Supreme Court courtroom, the two huge oak doors have the Ten Commandments engraved on each lower portion of each door.
As you sit inside the courtroom, you can see on the wall right above where the justices sit, a display of the Ten Commandments.
There are Bible verses etched in stone all over the federal buildings and monuments in Washington, D.C.
James Madison, the fourth president, known as "the father of the Constitution" made the following statement: "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."
Patrick Henry, that patriot and Founding Father of our country, said: "It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded not by religionists but by Christians, not on religions but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ."
Every session of Congress begins with a prayer by a preacher, whose salary has been paid by the taxpayer since 1777.
Fifty-two of the 55 founders of the Constitution were members of the established orthodox churches in the colonies.
Thomas Jefferson worried that the courts would overstep their authority and instead of interpreting the law would begin making law an oligarchy, the rule of few over many.
The very first Supreme Court justice, John Jay, said "Americans should select and prefer Christians as their rulers."
How, then, have we gotten to the point that everything we have done for 220 years in this country is now suddenly wrong and unconstitutional?
If God's Commandments had never been broken, there never would have been any need for man to make any other laws. And I will choose the "ultra-conservative religious right candidate" over any "bleeding-heart liberal" any day -- his/her choices would be based, thanks to God, on the "original laws."
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