Ten Commandments Bill Passes Senate Committee


By Ellis Eskew

The Ten Commandments take center stage once again in Alabama. This time, in the Senate.

Senators gathered Wednesday evening to try to move Senate Bill 40 one step further in to becoming law.

Senator Gerald Dial is sponsoring the bill. For him, it's about getting back to the country's roots.

"I believe in the Ten Commandments. I believe it's the foundation in which this country was founded. I believe the fact that if we had the Ten Commandments and more people were aware of them and more people listened and read them and thought about what they involved, I think we'd have a better country," said Sen. Dial. 

The Ten Commandments were brought to the national spotlight nearly ten years ago when Roy Moore was removed as Chief Justice for refusing to remove a Ten Commandments monument from inside the judicial building.

Now that he is back in office, this bill may give Moore the right to follow his convictions.


"The bill does not have an impact on that one way or another. If this bill passes and Judge Moore is the Supreme Court Justice, which he is, he has a right to display a copy of the Ten Commandments in that building," said Sen. Dial.

People we talked to are in favor of the bill becoming law.

"It really doesn't matter to me. It's what we live by, so it's okay with me. I think we should as the 10 commandments is what we live by," said Cresheva Davis.

"I think they should be posted in the public, whether it be a public building, a government building. Just like any other religion, people are free to post what they want to post. Why not the ten commandments?" said Melissa Felder.

The bill is worded in a way that protects any document that reflects American ideals and foundations. Therefore, for it to be posted in a public place, it would have to be a document that has historical significance to the founding of the nation, as some senators believe the Ten Commandments do.

The bill will go on to the floor of the Senate. If approved, it could be on the ballot in 2014.





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