First it will be the commandment, second will be the prayers, and finally it will be a national day of Rest followed by the implantation of the mark of the beast. We are seeing the final movements taking shape. Thankfully, the Lord will appear just a short time afterwards. -Advent Messenger Commentary
Alabama Bills seeks 10 Commandments, Prayers in
February 23, 2014
by Kim Chandler
(AP) — Alabama
lawmakers are proposing a multitude of school prayer and religious expression
bills this session. Legislators say the bills are an effort to push efforts to
squash all vestiges of religion from the public square. Opponents called the
bills election-year pandering and said the proposals are either unnecessary or
"I think there is frustration on the constant
restrictions that have been coming. I remember when I was in first and second
grade you could have prayer in school. All of the sudden you couldn't do those
things," said Joe Godfrey, executive director of the church-based Alabama
Citizens Action Program.
Susan Watson, executive director of the American Civil
Liberties Union of Alabama, sees it differently.
"I think it's an election year and legislators are
doing everything they can to speak to their base. I think they are trying to
garner votes," Watson said.
Rep. Steve Hurst, R-Munford, has proposed to set aside up to
15 minutes at the start of each school day to study the procedures of Congress,
including having teachers give a verbatim reading of a congressional opening
said he thought of the idea after thinking about how Congress and the Alabama
Legislature begin their days with prayer, but schools can't.
said he thought the time could be educational and that teachers might pick
prayers that relate to the day's lesson. He said that might include the
assassination of President John F. Kennedy or the lean times of the Great
Depression. He said students could be excused if they didn't want to hear the
prayer part of the lesson.
Watson called the bill a "cunning" attempt to get prayer
back in school, but said it was also "clearly unconstitutional."
"It's prayer dressed up like a civics lesson,"
The Alabama House of Representatives on Thursday approved a
proposed constitutional amendment that would allow the display of the Ten
Commandments in schools and other public buildings. The copy of the Ten
Commandments would have to be mingled with other historic documents, according
to the legislation.
"Sometimes we forget that separation of church and state
was not to make sure we don't have any references, because the founding fathers
clearly did that, it just means that there cannot be a state sponsored religion
and you can't force a religion on anyone," Speaker of the House Mike
Hubbard, R-Auburn, said.
"Now, will there be a challenge? Absolutely, there will
be a challenge. Are there liberal judges out there who would love to say it's
unconstitutional? Absolutely. But I believe it is the right thing to do,"
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