Ten Commandments Bill to be Amendment One on November’s election ballot

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Amendment One for November’s upcoming elections has been set.

Alabamians across the state will have the opportunity to cast their ballot for or against Amendment One, which if approved by the voters would add an amendment to the state constitution that would give properties belonging to the state, such as court rooms and schools, the option to display the Ten Commandments.

Secretary of State John Merrill held a press conference Friday morning at the State Capitol in Montgomery to sign a proclamation announcing the amendment.

Lineville-Republican State Senator Gerald Dial shepherded the proposed state constitutional amendment through the 2018 session of the Alabama Legislature. He believes the amendment should be passed, as “it is proper that Alabama schoolhouses and courtrooms be permitted to acknowledge God and his moral law.”

“Last week, I had the wonderful opportunity to visit the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C., and there is a marble engraving in the courtroom depicting Moses holding the Ten Commandments,” Dial explained. “Virtually all of our nation’s founding fathers recognized that the Ten Commandments are the basis of our Judeo-Christian legal foundation, and it is proper that Alabama schoolhouses and courtrooms be permitted to acknowledge God and his moral law.”

Republicans supporters of the proposal say it will reaffirm religious liberty, which is already under law.

Meanwhile, Democratic opponents of the proposal think it would end up doing more harm than good; that it violates the separation of church and state, and would motivate federal lawsuits that could cost the state money.

Amendment One will be joined by three additional constitutional amendments on the November 6 general election ballot.

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  1. Brian Westley on

    “Last week, I had the wonderful opportunity to visit the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C., and there is a marble engraving in the courtroom depicting Moses holding the Ten Commandments,”

    I notice he dishonestly omitted all the OTHER people alongside Moses, like Muhammad, Napoleon, Hammurabi, etc.

    Senator Dial is just another selfish Christian who wants to pee his god all over other people.

  2. You mean the GOD the majority of Americans believe in? Guess you count yourself one of the non-Christians. You definitely need prayer.

  3. The ten commandments aren’t really relevant anyway, other than don’t murder, steal, or commit perjury, none of the rest are codified into law, and those three aren’t exactly radical ideas.

  4. Damien, the Ten Commandments aren’t relevant anymore? Seriously??? GODs Commandments may not be relevant to you but they are to me. Such audacity to say they are not relevant. GODs Commandments don’t need to be “codified into law”. Been to church or picked up a bible lately?

  5. No, I’m not religious. They may be relevant to you, but not to our legal system.

  6. Damien, you are so wrong on every level. To Deny GOD , such a waste . Do you really believe your existence is a biological accident? But then again, maybe so.

  7. I’m not sure what you mean by accident there. I would consider it more a result of genetics and evolution I guess.

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