Controversy is developing over the posting of the Ten Commandments at the Georgia Capitol building in Atlanta.
WSB-TV has reported that the religious document is posted on a wall on the bottom floor of the Capitol. The document is posted near the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights and the Magna Carta -- the latter all government documents.
The station reported that Rep. Matt Ramsey, R-Peacthree City, was a sponsor of a bill passed by the legislature in 2012 that allowed the Ten Commandments to be displayed in all public buildings.
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“Those concepts, those moral rights and wrongs, those principles that were set out in the commandments, they are all through our nation's history,” Ramsey said.
Still, the posting raises the entire question of church vs. state, and what is appropriate in government and tax-supported institutions.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State said such a display is divisive.
“The American government is based on democracy, and there's nothing stated in the Ten Commandments giving guidance on how to run a democracy,” said Jeffrey Selman of the organization.
Ramsey said he thinks the majority of Georgians support his position.
“It’s classic hard-left extremism trying to impose a view that’s not shared by the vast majority for the citizens of the state,” Ramsey said.
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