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Bill to allow display of Ten Commandments passes Senate, House; on Haslam's desk now

Tennessee State Senate gave its approval this past Monday, March 26, 2012, to a bill that would permit local governments to erect displays of historically significant documents, including the Ten Commandments, in public county buildings and county grounds. The legislation, known as the “Public Buildings” bill passed unanimously in both the Senate and the House. It allows for the display of the Ten Commandments to accompany other historical documents, such as the Declaration of Independence, United States and Tennessee State Constitutions.
Johnson County has had its own fight in regard to its Ten Commandments exhibit in the local courthouse. The Ten Commandment Warriors had been founded in response to a complaint and further legal action as to the county’s display of the documents. Over 10,000 signatures were gathered on a petition expressing their desire to keep the documents in their current location. The group sought to display not only the Ten Commandments, but also the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The historic plaques were unveiled August 22, 2009 on the tenth anniversary of the display of the original Ten Commandments in the Johnson County Courthouse.
Johnson Countian, Scott Teague, walked 440 miles along state highways from Johnson County to Washington, DC to remind the nation’s leaders that the Ten Commandments are the historical foundation of American law, moral values and conduct. He left on February 15, 2009 and arrived on March 4 while both United States senators and congressman were in session on Capitol Hill.
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