Thursday, February 16

Pennsylvania Decalogue Mural Blurred Out in Photo

The Pennsylvania court system is bowing down to political correctness. The Associated Press has a story, saying that the Pennsylvania court system was "playing it safe." Ya right! Playing it politically correct is more like it.

CitizenLink has more:
Art Heinz, a spokesman for the AOPC, said the photograph was altered in a brochure about the courts to avoid the cost of taking a new one.

"This particular booklet was reprinted at a time when there was pending litigation at the national level about the propriety of displays of the Ten Commandments in or on government buildings," he told Family News in Focus.
In other words, they chickened out to the scare tactics of the ACLU and friends. This is one area where excessive litigation is having a real threat to religious freedom in America. When the ACLU can go around filing lawsuits left and right, there are many organizations that either get scared into retreat, or just can't afford the fight. That's besides the fact the historical significance of the Ten Commandments are being ignored left and right. The revisionists just wish they could do the same to our collective American legal history--blur out certain "controversial" parts.

The Patriot News is covering the controversy as well. Their headline reads: Piccola laments lack of focus on Commandments. (ht: Grassroot PA)

Another PA blogger, Aaron Finestone of MicroBrewJournalism had some great comments, and as someone with Jewish heritage, had this to say:
The Pennsylvania Capitol is full of rich religious art. The Capitol was constructed 100 years ago, and the artwork reflects the religious values and heritage of that time. Most impressive are four murals in the Supreme Court chambers, depicting our legal heritage...

...The Moses and Jesus murals convey religious messages. They are joined by two non-religious murals on the law. All four murals are great art. It would be unfortunate to have them removed.

The liberal Jewish community would be short sighted if it joined any law suit to remove the Ten Commandments and Beatitudes from the Supreme Court chamber.

Besides the ethical and historical message of the Ten Commandments, the mural in the Supreme Court chambers has a particular message for Jews---our guy is up there behind the Justices! We belong. We are part of the religious, ethical and legal heritage of Pennsylvania. I was so proud of this mural, that I purchased a copy of it, framed it and hung it in my house.

Will liberal Jewish organizations get it? In their zeal for separation of church and state, will they seek to erase one of the greatest contributions by Jews to American society?
What do you think? Take a look for yourself here. Is the mural all that offensive and "controversial?" If you have a blog, post your comments, link back to me, send me an email, and I'll include a link back on this post with a quote.

Tags: Supreme Court, Religion, ACLU, , , Politics