From Reuter: ATLANTA SUBURB PROTESTS TEN COMMANDMENTS RULING ATLANTA, June 30 (Reuter) - T
ATLANTA SUBURB PROTESTS TEN COMMANDMENTS RULING
ATLANTA, June 30 (Reuter) - The staunchly conservative Cobb
County area of suburban Atlanta will soon be flooded with
gold-embossed copies of the Ten Commandments as part of a
religious protest directed at the Supreme Court.
At issue is the Cobb County Commission's 2.5 year battle to
maintain a plaque displaying the Ten Commandments in the local
The county lost its bid to keep the plaque on May 31, when the
Supreme Court refused to review an earlier lower court ruling
ordering its removal.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported in its Thursday
editions that three churches -- two Baptist and one Methodist
-- intend to distribute 50,000 copies of the "religious laws"
to their congregation members as well as the public at large.
Each of the 11-inch by 14-inch posters include a tear-off
return card with the address of the American Rights Coalition,
a Chattanooga, Tennessee-based anti-abortion hot line headed by
the brother of a Cobb County commissioner.
The cards also contain information on starting local "Ten
Commandments" campaigns, the newspaper said.
The posters have been paid for by local business leaders. And
one of the clergymen spearheading the campaign says the U.S.
high court in retrospect may have helped to restore "Christian
values" by calling attention to the erosion of religious faith
"This may be one of the powerful ways God can work through the
blunder of the courts," the Reverend Randell Mickler, pastor of
the Mount Bethel United Methodist Church, was quoted as saying.
Cobb County, widely viewed as one of the most conservative
areas in the United States, currently is a target of protest by
national gay rights groups because of a resolution condemning
the homosexual "lifestyle."
The resolution was passed by the county commission last August
with active support from members of the local clergy.
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