The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK


December 10, 2013

Letter: Ten Commandments not Christian-based

ENID, Okla. — I read the article, “Legislators may have opened door for Satanist statue at Capitol.” The article identifies the Ten Commandments as being Christian-based.

It is important to remember that the Ten Commandments were in existence long before Christianity.

The most recognized symbol of Christianity is a cross, which is seen as a symbol for the crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth, who Christians believe to be the Christ.

The Ten Commandments are Jewish, given to Moses, and are accepted by Christians.

I submit three questions for consideration:

First, “Do we allow the Satanic Temple to erect their monument?”

Secondly, “Do we allow Christians, Muslims, Hindus and other faiths to erect monuments as well?”

Lastly, “why is this discussion happening now (Christmas), versus any other time of the year?”

I believe the answer should be the same for questions one and two. The final question may be answered in your article purporting this as a publicity stunt.

Please do not misunderstand my beliefs. I am a Christian who believes in separation of church and state while maintaining my faith. Our legislators cannot and should not make their individual beliefs more important than any other citizen’s.

Rep. Mike Jackson, R-Enid, stated he did not expect the Legislature would act favorably on the Satanists’ proposal.

The old saying, “What is good for the goose is good for the gander” comes to mind.

I do not relish the thought of a Satanist monument, however, I also believe in their rights. We as a nation must be fair in our dealing with all faiths and religions no matter if we agree or not. This was one foundation our ancestors embraced while building our great nation. Respectfully submitted.

The Rev. Jim Hail, Hennessey

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