Gov. Hutchinson Signs Bill To Allow 10 Commandments Monument At Capitol

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LITTLE ROCK (KFSM) - Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed a bill on Wednesday (April 8) allowing a monument of the 10 Commandments to be displayed at the Capitol, according to legislative records.

The bill, called SB 939, had previously passed the Arkansas House of Representatives and Senate to be delivered to the governor on April 1. Hutchinson signed the bill on Wednesday at 2:12 p.m., and the law became known as Act 1231, legislative records state.

Sen. Jason Rapert, R-Conway, filed the bill on March 9, according to legislative records.

Act 1231 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 new law states that the monument would be considered constitutional.

It enables the secretary of state to help private entities in selecting a location for the monument and to pick a time for its placement.

The law 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.

Act 1231 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.”

21 comments

  • Elaine Cook

    So, how much is this going to cost taxpayers? Couldn’t that money be put to better use? Maybe to help the 30% of Arkansas children that live in poverty? Guess they can always go to the monument and pray for food. Get your priorities in order Arkansas

  • Lin Frank

    ever heard of the separation of CHURCH AND STATE Governor? guess he hasn’t reads the constitution about as well as TOM COTTON…how bout the two commandments? why not post those?

    • Diane Storch

      Separation of Church and State is not stated in any document such as the Constitution or any other law document. It has been taken out of context and used for the wrong purposes. It was mentioned in a letter, nothing more. Seems like alot of people need to read the Constitution these days.

      • Diane Storch

        I have read the Constitution. You cannot have the letter of the law without the spirit of the law (what the law was intended to do). Something that is lost in today’s society. The founding fathers set it up where the government could not establish a national religion or church that everyone must follow. That would be establishing a “law”. That was the purpose of it. Not a total separation of religion and faith from the government. Putting up the 10 commandments that our many of our laws are based on is not “establishing” a law.

      • Brandon Martin

        This is trash. I hope someone erects a statue of mohammad, or a statue of satan right next to it so people recognize it for the shameful religious propaganda that it is.

      • Pj Crepeau

        Both Thomas Jefferson and James Madison (Father of the U.S. Constitution, in case you never heard of him, toots) referred to the Establishment Clause as providing ‘separation of Church and State’.
        I love it when Christians proudly broadcast their pathetic ignorance. Thanks, Diane!

    • Wade Swanton

      Lin- There is no such thing in the Constitution as separation of CHURCH AND STATE. The first amendment of the constitution states that government shall create no law respecting an establishment of religion. Well the 10 commandment is not a religion. It is recognized however by Jewish and Christian faiths. And for all you over achievers on the law the Supreme Court has already ruled this constitutional.

  • Michael Fuller

    Only 4 of the 10 commandments are a crime and those are common sense and do not require divine knowledge. Most of the founding father were not religious. Why would anyone think that the court system was somehow founded on religion. The old testament is full of evil commandments. Like killing people for working on Sunday. I sure am glad we don’t live in a country were our court system was founded on religion. We would be executing people for nothing everyday. Kinda like Saudi Arabia.

  • objectivefodder

    But wait a second here, there’s another set of Ten Commandments, the “other” set that came after the first set which these religious people recognize. I don’t get it. Shouldn’t the second set be erected and mounted for the public to see also? The Second Tables of Stone- (Ex. 34) (“the words that were on the first”) 1. Thou shalt worship no other god (For the Lord is a jealous god). 2. Thou shalt make thee no molten gods. 3. The feast of unleavened bread shalt thou keep in the month when the ear is on the corn. 4. All the first-born are mine. 5. Six days shalt thou work, but on the seventh thou shalt rest. 6. Thou shalt observe the feast of weeks, even of the first fruits of the wheat harvest, and the feast of ingathering at the year’s end. 7. Thou shalt not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leavened bread. 8. The fat of my feast shall not remain all night until the morning. 9. The first of the first fruits of thy round thou shalt bring unto the house of the Lord thy God. 10. Thou shalt not seethe a kid in its mother’s milk…so c’mon people, which one is right? The first set that society acknowledges was smashed by Holy Moses…

  • Amy Elizabeth Hall

    5 news is not being completely honest about the facts. This monument obviously is the state of Arkansas favoring one religion over another. There will be lawsuits. The taxpayers will be paying big time for this. What is the purpose except to promote Christianity? Will these magic words reduce the crime rate? Influence our lawmakers to be honest? Promote tourism to Arkansas? Nope, nope, and nope.

  • Pj Crepeau

    We atheists will take pleasure in suing your sorry Christian butts into the ground.
    Case law and the Constitution are firmly on our side. Get ready to pay some hefty legal bills, you pitiful Arkansas rednecks.

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