House Committee Advances Bill To Allow 10 Commandments At Capitol

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LITTLE ROCK (KFSM) - The House Committee on State Agencies & Governmental Affairs advanced a bill on Friday (March 27) that would allow a 10 Commandments monument on the grounds of the capitol, officials said.

The bill now goes for a vote before the full House, according to legislative records. The Senate passed the bill on March 25.

Sen. Jason Rapert, R-Conway, filed the bill on March 9 at 2:25 p.m., and it is called SB 939, according to legislative records.

The bill states that the Arkansas Secretary of State may “permit and arrange for the placement on the State Capitol grounds of a suitable monument commemorating the Ten Commandments.”

Citing the case of Van Orden v. Perry,  the bill states that the monument would be considered constitutional.

If passed, the bill would enable the secretary of state to help private entities in selecting a location for the monument and to pick a time for its placement.

The bill also states that if the legality of the monument is challenged in a court of law, the attorney general may prepare and present a legal defense or request that the Liberty Legal Institute prepare and present a legal defense of the monument.

SB 939 closes by stating, “The placement of the monument under this section shall not be construed to mean that the State of Arkansas favors any particular religion or denomination over others.”

“I want to thank the Arkansas Senate for overwhelmingly passing SB 939 today, with 27 yes votes, to allow for a monument to honor the moral foundation of American Jurisprudence – the Ten Commandments,” Rapert said on his Facebook page.

SB 939 now goes to the Arkansas House Committee on State Agencies & Governmental Affairs where it is scheduled for a vote on Friday (March 27) at 9 a.m., according to legislative records.

21 comments

    • Agent 86

      Maybe the money would be better spent deporting illegal aliens, and just maybe the parents of this hungry child should get off their a**es and get a job to provide for said child. Besides no one is going hungry in America.

  • Scott

    While I like the work the ACLU does, I don’t know why our legislature just voted to donate attorney’s fees to it out of taxpayer money.

  • Agent 86

    If you don’t like this, you have one choice: leave Arkansas. Chances are you’re an out of state liberal who has polluted our state with your presence.

  • Sean

    The Arkansas legislature and judicial system cares much more about the appearance of morality than morality itself.

    Concealing child abuse, dead mistresses, alcoholism, drug abuse all in a days work for our for our “community leaders”.

  • judy

    is taxpayer money involved in any way for this bill ? if, for example, a group wanted to have a statue of buddah next to the commandments, by this law, would they be allowed to do this? going to be interesting just to see who are the hypocrites in the interpretation of this bill …but then again, we live in the bible belt. why should i have the commandments in my face when i enter a public building funded with taxpayer money?

  • not the mama

    It’s obvious to me that our political leaders need to be drug tested, not just state but nationally as well, I’m Christian but I don’t go around with a beacon on my shirt, and yes Judy, if this passes a Buhdist or muslim could force the equal right of having their demagog there as well!

    • judy

      thank you “not the mama”…i totally respect christian beliefs as i do all others, the founding fathers were wise enough to separate church & state while respecting all faiths & rights as citizens…. you don’t have to look far into the world to see what kind of problems, injustice & even violence occur when religious beliefs enter the political arena. i’m glad to be in a true democracy…let’s keep it that way and practice our personal beliefs on our own without imposing them on others in public places.

      • Mike

        Nowhere in the Constitution does the “separation of church and sate” appear. The belief of separation of church and state came from a personal letter from Benjamin Franklin to the church, ensuring them that the government would not create a state mandated religion. In fact, the phrase keeps government out of religion not religion out of government.

      • #yolo

        MIKE, you have got to be joking. Literally the first amendment to the constitution of the United States says that the government shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion. That’s verbatim.

  • Skepticalguy

    Since our legislators seem to think that Old Testament rules need to be displayed, then why not post the punishments along side them that the Old Testament say should be applied if violated? If we are going to play this game, then let’s play the game as it was intended.

  • AGENT 86

    I am sorry if I have offended Democrats and Liberals, I have taken time too reflect upon myself and my failings and now realize that I have been wrong in so many ways. I will try to make amends, I now understand the liberal philosophy and have chosen to be a good Democrat.
    Forgive me

  • Church and State

    If this is allowed. Then go ahead and put up a statue of the 11 Satanic rules of the earth, and any other religious monument that any other privately funded religious group wants to errect. Let’s not discriminate. Hopefully the capitol will eventually be littered with religious propaganda. Oklahoma did this and it caused quite a controversy with a group of Satanists, long story short a kid eventually knocked the commandments down with his car.. look it up…

  • Woo Pig Sooie

    By placing the Ten Commandments on the grounds of the State Capitol, we will be in God’s favor and He will bless the Christians of Arkansas with bigger houses, better health, and allow the Razorbacks to win more football games.

  • #yolo

    Maybe they should erect a statue of the bill of rights instead. Apparently the Arkansas state government officials have no idea what that is.

  • Gus Guzzman

    The Ten Commandments played no role in our nation’s legal system. In fact, most of the Commandments would be blatantly unlawful under our U.S. system of law. For example, “I am the LORD thy God… Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” With the very first Commandment the biblical God is saying he’s the only one, and all other religions that have other gods, or other versions of “The One God”, are wrong.

    That first Commandment violates the U.S. Constitution. Our Constitution prohibits government from making any laws saying this god or that god is “The God.” Not only that, if citizens want to worship a non-biblical god, a bunch of gods, or no god, they have the legal right to do so. Clearly, the religious liberty granted to all Americans by the U.S. Constitution directly contradicts the very first Commandment sent down by the biblical God. So people saying U.S. laws are based on the Ten Commandments must have never even seriously considered the first of the 10.

    Same goes for taking the Lord’s name in vain and making graven images (violates free speech), remembering the Sabbath (violates free exercise of religion), and coveting thy neighbor’s wife and slaves (violates freedom of thought). As for the rest, there were laws against murder, stealing, and lying centuries before Moses came along. The claim that U.S. law was created from the Ten Commandments is ridiculous and easily dismissed.

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