Alabama: “We Dare Defend Our Ignorance”
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By etrigan - Last updated: Thursday, August 21, 2003 - Save & Share - 4 Comments

Of all the southern states that get trashed for being backwards, I have to suggest Alabama as being at the top of the list. Forty years (2 months and 9 days) ago the governor of Alabama, George C. Wallace, made a “big public stand”: insisting that African Americans could not go to college with Caucasians. Even then most of the country knew he was an idiot and forty years later it is a badge of shame for most Alabamans.

Now, they want to keep their “Ten Commandments statue”: in the State Judicial Building and can’t seem to understand why it might be wrong. Thank God the Supreme Court has the sense to “not even listen”: to these bozos who give Christians a bad name.

I’ve said it elsewhere in this blog, but I’ll keep saying while people are defiling the will of God in the name of God. (Lord, please help me not repeat this on my death bed.) Every convenant that God has made with man from Adam to Abraham to Moses to Jesus has been absolutely clear and consistent in one thing: choice.

* “Adam, don’t eat from that tree…but I’ll leave it there for you to decide.”
* “Abram, your sons will inherit the earth…you decide where the right place is to plant your seed.” (Although, I believe that God’s hip enough to grant both Islamists and Jews birthrights. It’s not the sons of Issac’s fault Abraham was horny.)
* “Moses, hit that rock with your stick…just once.”

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore has decided that the people of Alabama can only find morality in his God. For him, as a man who leads the community and represents guidance for the people of Alabama, to force on them his boundaries of morality is in direct conflict with God. His cold-hearted fear of non-Christian belief systems is creating further blight on Christianity. (Like we wern’t having a hard enough time overcoming the Crusades, still.) I hope forty years from today I can look back and proudly tell my kids how much Alabama has changed in the last forty and eighty years.

bq. sidebar: Do you think Roy would sleep well at night under the thought that many Christians consider the Ten Commandments to be null and void under the new covenant that Jesus brought. After that whole “which is the greatest commandment?” question, Jesus trumped the big ten saying “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it. Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

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4 Responses to “Alabama: “We Dare Defend Our Ignorance””

Comment from KellyMc
Time August 21, 2003 at 12:34 pm

Every convenant that God has made with man from Adam to Abraham to Moses to Jesus has been absolutely clear and consistent in one thing: choice.

“I am the Lord thy God. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”

Comment from etrigan
Time August 21, 2003 at 3:30 pm

I’m not saying he didn’t make rules for good behavior. I’m saying he left it up to man to make the choice. After he decreed things like this people were still able to make graven images (and they did) and after he said “Thou Shalt Not Steal” people still stole (just ask Homer Thief). Each of my exmaples shows where God laid down the law and someone made a choice to break it. The point is they had a choice. Man making laws to remove that choice is man pretending to be God. Making yourself God is a sin, too.

Comment from jank
Time August 21, 2003 at 3:38 pm

Man making laws to remove that choice is man pretending to be God.

Don’t all laws imply some removal of choice?

I think you’re largely on the right track here; however, I wouldn’t condem all of man’s laws as an infringement on God’s law.

What I think you are implying, or at least my interpretation of it (despite my desire to find some way to come out on Roy’s side), is that the decision to have a relationship with God must be based on an individual choice, rather than forced by the State. The State has a right and a duty to impose laws and create order (the whole ‘render unto Ceaser’ thing is a clear indication, under the New Testament, that Christians are supposed to submit to the will of the state on earth, provided it does not lead them into sin); however, salvation is the ultimate individual choice. Only God truly knows someone’s heart.

Comment from etrigan
Time August 21, 2003 at 4:00 pm

That’s pretty damn close with one slight variation. The state should create order without allegiance to a particular religion. (As we’ve discussed before) perception is reality and a set of stone tablets at the entrance to a federal building sends a clear message about the state-preferred religion.

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