7:53am

Tue January 24, 2012
Measure Introduced in Tenn. Legislature

Ten Commandments in the Court House?

NASHVILLE,‭ ‬Tenn.‭ (‬AP‭) — ‬Two Republican state legislators are pushing a measure aimed at allowing local governments to display the Ten Commandments in county courthouses or on public grounds in Tennessee.

Sen.‭ ‬Mike Bell of Riceville and Rep.‭ ‬Matthew Hill of Jonesboro have introduced a bill authorizing counties and cities to set up displays of historical documents and monuments and writings,‭ ‬as the bill reads,‭ "‬recognized to commemorate freedom and the rich history of Tennessee and the United States.‭"

The proposed list includes the Ten Commandments,‭ ‬England's Magna Carta,‭ ‬the Pilgrims‭' ‬Mayflower Compact,‭ ‬the U.S.‭ ‬Constitution,‭ ‬the Tennessee Constitution and‭ "‬other such historically significant documents.‭"

Bell told the Chattanooga Times Free Press that such displays should withstand legal challenges.

The director of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State says such displays are constitutionally questionable.