That image of the smashed Ten Commandments on the Arkansas Capitol's grounds raised all kinds of questions, such as: Who really handed down the Big Ten -- the Lord G0D or
Talk about mixed messages as well as mixed media, this monstrosity had an American eagle atop a flag, an all-seeing Eye of G0D, some Stars of David scattered here and there.... This monument had something to please everybody -- except those who still hold fast to the biblical injunction: Thou shalt not make to thyself any graven images.
For that matter, this state's constitution commands: "No human authority can, in any case or manner whatsoever, control or interfere with the right of conscience; and no preference shall ever be given, by law, to any religious establishment, denomination or mode of worship, above any other."
By seeking to please all, this sacrilege succeeded in displeasing many -- including the fanatic whom the police report chose to drive into the monument barely a day after it had gone up, leaving it in pieces. Just as the original was hurled to the ground and shattered by that original iconoclast Moses. So far there are no reports of women collecting the remaining pieces of the statue in order to reconstruct them in the shape of a golden calf.
The only sure result of all these goings-on over this Garden of the Gods rising on the
Besides, she asks, which version of the Ten Commandments would be quoted on a monument to their historical significance? Which is the dubious rationale for erecting such a monument. As she points out: "There's the Catholic version. There's the Protestant version. There's the Hebrew version. The selection of these particular commandments has a special place in the Christian religion in particular, and this wording is from the Protestant sect of the Christian religion."
As usual, State Sen.
After all, the habitually argumentative
According to the police report, the suspect in this case,
Here's a suggestion about how to handle this case until these parties with strong opinions about it calm down: Round them up, lock them in a padded cell, and tell them not to come out till they can agree on what to do in the matter of The Ten Commandments vs. We the People. But, please, leave the rest of us out of their quarrel. The news is dismaying enough as is. The only conclusion wordsmiths at