Religion or history? Court will decid...

Religion or history? Court will decide in Narrows High School's Ten Commandments case

There are 27 comments on the Roanoke Times story from Apr 11, 2012, titled Religion or history? Court will decide in Narrows High School's Ten Commandments case. In it, Roanoke Times reports that:

Ever since the Giles County School Board voted 3-2 to put the Ten Commandments back in Narrows High School, members supporting the display have taken pains to point out that it's just one part of a collection of historical documents.

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watching you

Rich Creek, VA

#1 May 8, 2012
i believe the person that started this should stand up and face everyone. if anyone feels that something is not right and you feel strong enough to voice it outloud then face the music!
agree

Princeton, WV

#2 May 8, 2012
They are cowards!!!!!
IN GOD WE TRUST. Don't agree- Then Leave.

“I am the great an powerful Ny!”

Since: Dec 06

Lebanon, PA

#3 May 9, 2012
watching you wrote:
i believe the person that started this should stand up and face everyone. if anyone feels that something is not right and you feel strong enough to voice it outloud then face the music!
The people that started it were the ones that pushed for the Ten Commandments to be displayed in the first place. The judge made the right decision is withholding the identities of the people who complained or else they'd have to face the christian "love" that would occur. Also, the Ten Commandments have nothing to do with the founding of our country so are definitely out of place in that display.

“I am the great an powerful Ny!”

Since: Dec 06

Lebanon, PA

#4 May 9, 2012
agree wrote:
They are cowards!!!!!
IN GOD WE TRUST. Don't agree- Then Leave.
The ones violating the Constitution should leave as they don't seem to care at all about that document or the rights it guarantees.
gskdf

Princeton, WV

#5 May 11, 2012
I dont think it matters weather it is in the schools or not... You really think a kid is gonna be walkin down the hallway and be like hey im read the ten comandments.... no and plus whats the point they cant teach the bible in school thats whats church is for..... Now an easier soulution just put it in the history rooms or something sheesh.... Dont they still have bible bus or something......damn
gskdf

Princeton, WV

#6 May 11, 2012
Religion is history there is no or.......
Steven Matthews

Lewisburg, WV

#7 May 17, 2012
WILL SOMEBODY PLEASE STOP THIS NONSENSE?
I THINK THE 3 MEMBERS OF SCHOOL BOARD WHO
VOTED FOR IT SHOULD PAY ALL THE RELATED
EXPENSES!!!!!!!!!!
YOU TALK ABOUT TROUBLE? WAIT TILL THESE FOLKS HEAR ABOUT ALL THE TAX MONEY THEY WILL HAVE TO PAY.
I WANT TO SALUTE LEWIS WEBB AND DREAMA McMAHON WHO VOTED TO TRY AND STOP THIS. WE, AS TAXPAYERS, APPRECIATE YOUR SENSIBLE DECISION AND JUST WISH ONE MORE ON THERE WOULD HAVE VOTED YOUR WAY 1
I SAY stop this madness!!!!!!!!!! We are so tired of being the laughing stock locally and nationally.
Giles County Citizen
Oh brother

United States

#8 May 17, 2012
You people are a bunch of morons. I'm all for the ten commandments, but what you don't seem to acknowledge is that we don't have the right to stick the ten commandments up on the wall, unless we want to have the koran or principles of budhism next to it.

This issue was supposedly settled a loooonnnngggg time ago... uh, it's call the separation of church and state. I agree with Stephen Matthews... who do you think will wind up paying the legal expenses and fees associated with this going to court? It will come out of the tax coffers.

I also notice by the way, that some of the locals who are running around with keep the ten commandments bumper stickers and so on, probably can only recite like 4 of them, and keep maybe two of them....

“I am the great an powerful Ny!”

Since: Dec 06

Lebanon, PA

#9 May 18, 2012
Oh brother wrote:
I also notice by the way, that some of the locals who are running around with keep the ten commandments bumper stickers and so on, probably can only recite like 4 of them, and keep maybe two of them....
I've always found this ironic. People who are in favor of the ten commandments never actually follow them and a lot of times don't know all of them. They also can't find in the Constitution where these commandments supposedly had influence but will swear up and down they had something to do with its creation.
poet

Princeton, WV

#10 May 18, 2012
This whole country has went to crap. Government more worried about squashing Christian values and beliefs than helping create a strong economy and helping the less fortunate
Strel

Tallahassee, FL

#11 May 23, 2012
poet wrote:
This whole country has went to crap. Government more worried about squashing Christian values and beliefs than helping create a strong economy and helping the less fortunate
Oh you poor, persecuted majority. How dare the government make you obey the same laws as everyone else.
your ignorance amazes me

Roanoke, VA

#12 May 24, 2012
agree wrote:
They are cowards!!!!!
IN GOD WE TRUST. Don't agree- Then Leave.
Why on earth should those of us who are life long Giles County residents have to leave because we disagree with your opinion? We pay taxes and contribute to OUR community just as much as those in favor of the 10 Commandments being on display. This isn't just your county- it's everyone who lives here and we ALL have a right to express our feelings on this matter. And as for the family that originally complained... do you really blame them for wanting to remain anonymous? I can only imagine the threats and harassment they would be subjected to by some of you so-called Christians if their names were made public. That's not being a coward. It's protecting yourself and your family. Let the court decide what is right and than give it a rest and move on from your hatred.
waffle

United States

#13 May 24, 2012
It stopped being "our" country a long time ago. One person gripes and we, meaning everyone, have no prayer in school. One person gripes and we have no prayer before government meetings. Since when is one person responsible for everyone? What the country needs to do is let the majority decide. Take it to a vote. The supreme court and no name individuals should be able to dictate life for the majority. Put it on a ballot and let the public decide
waffle

United States

#14 May 24, 2012
Should not be is what that was supposed to have read. Typo

“I am the great an powerful Ny!”

Since: Dec 06

Lebanon, PA

#15 May 24, 2012
waffle wrote:
It stopped being "our" country a long time ago. One person gripes and we, meaning everyone, have no prayer in school. One person gripes and we have no prayer before government meetings. Since when is one person responsible for everyone? What the country needs to do is let the majority decide. Take it to a vote. The supreme court and no name individuals should be able to dictate life for the majority. Put it on a ballot and let the public decide
The Constitution prevents the majority from taking away rights from the minority. If we went your way there would not have been a civil rights movement.
waffle

United States

#16 May 24, 2012
Yet its ok for the minority from taking rights away from the majority, which is what has been happening
Justin Igger

Washington, DC

#17 May 24, 2012
How about stopping this silly fight and using the money this trial is costing to help the economy in Giles. I would bet that there is some hungry children and sickly older people in the county that could use a little help. The Ten Commandments can be displayed on the church house wall. That's where they belong.
I Agree

Roanoke, VA

#18 May 24, 2012
Justin Igger wrote:
How about stopping this silly fight and using the money this trial is costing to help the economy in Giles. I would bet that there is some hungry children and sickly older people in the county that could use a little help. The Ten Commandments can be displayed on the church house wall. That's where they belong.
I couldn't have said it better myself! Giles has a whole list of things that need improvement.... a growing drug problem, low paying jobs, unspayed animals adding to the euthanasia rate, domestic violence, the list goes on and on.

“I am the great an powerful Ny!”

Since: Dec 06

Lebanon, PA

#19 May 25, 2012
waffle wrote:
Yet its ok for the minority from taking rights away from the majority, which is what has been happening
The minority isn't taking away rights from the majority. What's happening is the majority is not being allowed to force their views on the minority, which isn't a right.
waffle

United States

#20 May 25, 2012
Nobody is forcing beliefs on anyone. The school board didn't vote on a requirement for the ten commandments to be taught, nor are they forcing kids to read them. It is a display, not part of the SOL testing. It is a prime example of troublemaking focused at the Christian value system. What would a display hurt anyone? Answer, it wouldn't. Some people are just not happy unless they can stir up trouble/drama at the expense of others. If the display taught disruptive behavior I could see there being a problem. Do not kill, do not steal, honor your parents..... I can see where that type of ridiculous living would be an issue. Give me a break.

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