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Judge can still show beliefs by his actions

Sept. 5, 2003

Letter to the editor

In regards to the recent court ruling in Alabama, justice has been served. This is living proof that the law is above everything. Our rights in the Constitution are intended to serve for the good of the society as a whole, and within those regulations come our individual freedoms.

Ms. Butler had a good point about the First Amendment, 'it was created so that Congress could not establish any sort of a national religion.' This situation is a great illustration of that statement being protected.

The judge, according to Ms. Butler, is, 'now forbidden to display' these commandments publicly. If it were that important to him, a monument should not keep him from 'displaying' anything publicly. He could portray his beliefs by the way he lives his life and does his job; making just rulings, and being an unbiased judge. He then will be 'displaying' his respect and honor for the Ten Commandments.

The judge is in no way being persecuted for being a Christian. The monument inside the State Capitol contradicts the idea of the separation of church and state, and this recent ruling to remove it preserves that concept.

Yes, Ms. Butler, the Founding Fathers all believed in God, however, we don't see it in the Constitution by their purpose. It was their vision to make a country where persecution would not be the result of affiliation with certain spiritualities.

Daniel Ruiz

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