Saturday, June 17, 2006

If they're so important ...

Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-Georgia) has co-sponsored multiple resolutions that would require the display of the ten commandments in the US Capitol. H. RES. 214 states
That if the Supreme Court of the United States holds in either the case of Van Orden v. Perry, 03-1500 (TX) or the case of McCreary County v. ACLU, 03-1693 (KY) that the display of the Ten Commandments in public places by State and local governments constitutes a violation of the establishment clause of the first amendment to the Constitution of the United States, thereby ruling against religious freedom and diminishing the importance of the Ten Commandments to the United States, the Speaker of the House of Representatives shall provide for the display of the Ten Commandments in the chamber of the House of Representatives.
And H. CON. RES. 12 "directs that a copy of the Ten Commandments be prominently displayed in the United States Capitol at such place and in such manner as the Architect of the Capitol shall designate." Both resolutions are still in committee (information from Thomas).

However, in an interview with Stephen Colbert (of the famed April press corps speech), Rep. Westmoreland could not name even half of the ten commandments. Don't believe me? See for yourself:

(Video from YouTube, full interview here; alternate video source here. Via BoingBoing)

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