Ohio Roundtable: The Public Square - Maine and Colorado
Harvard and the 10 Commandments
Cambridge, Massachusetts is the home of Harvard. The town
hall there makes quite a statement about the 10 Commandments.
The public display of the 10 Commandments is not just an
issue in Alabama. Recently a good friend was driving through Cambridge, Massachusetts, the
home of Harvard. At a traffic light he took notice of the city hall and an inscription
that appears right over the front doors. He was so moved by the writing that he pulled
over and took a picture of these words:
"God has given commandments unto men. From these
commandments men have framed laws, by which to be governed. It is honorable and
praiseworthy to serve the people by administering these laws faithfully. If the laws are
not enforced the people are not well governed."
These words first appeared above the city hall in the
1800's. They remain there today for all Americans and all judges to see.
They depict in a simple paragraph the foundation upon which
American law was assembled and upon which it has stood the test of time. Our laws are
based upon a transcendent ethic, upon commandments that we did not invent, edit, or amend.
The Founders understood these Commandments when they discussed the concept of self-evident
truth in the Declaration of Independence.
I wonder if the federal judge in Alabama who ordered the
removal of the Ten Commandments has ever been to Harvard or Cambridge, Massachusetts.
I wonder how long this inscription will be permitted to stand if the ACLU finds out about
it. Maybe we should call them and find out.
In the meantime, if you would like to see a photo of this
display from Cambridge City Hall click here.
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