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State-approved historical documents now available

Display includes Ten Commandments

 

DULUTH — Georgians who desire to see a display of the nation’s historical documents installed in public areas in their communities can now request the items from Ten Commandments Georgia. The organization is making them available for a suggested contribution of $895 plus shipping. Individual framed copies are available for $125 each.

The items are designed to meet the requirements as set forth in Georgia law as enacted last year. They are displayed in an 18” x 24” wood frame and are currently only available through the non-profit group.

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Ten Commandments Georgia Executive Director Mike Griffin discusses the value of having the nation’s founding documents on display in public areas statewide. Griffin is shown next to an exact replica of the Ten Commandments monument which was removed from the rotunda of the Alabama state judicial building in 2004. The replica was constructed for permanent display in the lobby of the new Georgia Baptist Missions and Ministry Center in Duluth.

Mike Griffin, Ten Commandments Georgia executive director, said the grouping is the first of their kind to be offered to the public. “They will make an obvious impact upon the viewers wherever they are displayed. These are great ways to display our nation’s rich heritage whether in a courthouse, city hall, lobby non-classroom setting in a school, or church.”

Griffin clarified that the entire grouping cannot be displayed in public school classrooms because of the 1980 U.S. Supreme Court ruling of Stone vs. Graham. That highly controversial 5-4 ruling declared the Ten Commandments a religious statement and, as such, cannot be displayed in government-funded school classrooms.

On July 1, 2006 Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue signed into law House Bill 941, which authorized local governments to erect historical displays that include a copy of the Ten Commandments. The bill can be read in its entirety at www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2005_06/fulltext/hb941.htm.

“The Foundations of American Law & Government Display, as it has become known, paves the way for communities to further educate their citizens regarding historical facts about the nation’s founding,” says Griffin, who also serves as pastor of Liberty Baptist Church in Hartwell.

For more information on securing one of the documents or the entire set, call (706) 856-2524 or visit www.thoushalt.org/web-content/historicalDisplay.html.

Griffin said Ten Commandments Georgia, Inc. is a non-profit, grassroots organization “committed to the task of locating, educating, and motivating citizens to acknowledge God through knowing, obeying, and displaying the Ten Commandments, thereby restoring a common moral code based upon God’s laws and the founding philosophy of our country.”

Three of its goals are to obtain 1.2 million signatures on a petition declaring public support for the posting of the Ten Commandments and the registering of 600,000 new voters; distribute a copy of the Ten Commandments to every home in the state; and establish Ten Commandments Georgia chapters in all 159 Georgia counties and encourage citizens to be active in moral issues.

Its website is www.thoushalt.org.


What’s included in the display?

• The Ten Commandments
• The Mayflower Compact, 1620
• The Declaration of Independence
• Magna Carta
• The Star-Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key
• The National Motto: “In God We Trust”
• The Preamble to the Georgia Constitution
• The Bill of Rights of the United States Constitution
• The description on the image of Lady Justice