Law Commands Attention

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A ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court on the display of the Ten Commandments on public property sent alternate messages about what is and is not acceptable.

That ruling could also call into question a Mississippi law that goes into effect Friday.

Northcrest Baptist Church has displayed a Ten Commandments monument outside the sanctuary for several months now. The church's senior pastor, the Rev. Dr. Malcolm Lewis, says it's a way for the rest of the world see truth from the Bible.

"Thousands of people pass this monument each day, our church, and they see this, and it's a reminder that God rules," said Lewis.

Lewis says he'd like to see more monuments like this one in public places, too. A law signed into law earlier this year in Mississippi allows local governments to do just that, but some don't agree that it's appropriate.

"I think the law passed in Mississippi is just pandering to the voters," said attorney Joe Clay Hamilton, who also served previously in the Mississippi Senate. "It's going to cost them a half million dollars to defend the lawsuit."

And Hamilton says that lawsuit is inevitable, especially in light of rulings that say some commandments displays are unconstitutional, if they openly endorse religion.

"To fly in the face of everything by passing a law this year saying they can display it, that's obviously an attempt to endorse a religion," said Hamilton.

But Lewis says displays of the commandments, religious or not, are a nod to how our nation was founded.

"Our nation was founded upon the belief that these were the laws of God and the laws of man," said Lewis.

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