Downstate Town Considers Commandments Statue

Thou shalt not, ACLU replies

By Matt Bartosik
|  Thursday, Aug 12, 2010  |  Updated 7:11 AM CDT
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Thy government shalt not show preference to any religion or faith.

That's how the ACLU feels about a downstate Illinois town's proposed monument to the Ten Commandments.

On Monday night, Marion resident Ken Kessler proposed to the Marion city council that the commandments be put on permanent display in the city square.

"I'm not a crusader; I'm just somebody trying to do something for our community. If we aren't reminded of these things that we have, we will see them gradually slipping away," Kessler said, according to the Associated Press.

The idea was not approved officially, but Marion Mayor Bob Butler gave it his full support and is determined to put the plan into action.

The American Civil Liberties Union has threatened to sue the city should the project continue.

Butler is unfazed, calling the ACLU "crazy" for thinking a lawsuit will make him "back off."

After all, thou shalt not let a little thing like Separation of Church and State get in the way.

Matt Bartosik is a Chicago native and a social media sovereign.

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