HR 2045 - Ten Commandments Defense Act

(Church - State Separation)

This bill is simple in what it attempts to accomplish. It simply returns to the individual states the power to make the decision of whether the Ten Commandments may be displayed on or within publicly owned buildings. This legislation in no way instructs states to display the Ten Commandments, nor does it even say the states must consider this issue. It simply provides states the option of allowing the important decisions in this matter to be made by those closest to the people and the communities -- not by Washington and those within the federal government.

The "Ten Commandments Defense Act" is based on the First and Tenth Amendments. Among the issues is the simple fact that our Constitution specifically states that those powers not delegated to the Federal Government are reserved for the states. These amendments have been misinterpreted over the past 40 years, by liberal activist judges infringing upon religious rights by denying the freedom of expression of faith.

Our nation was founded on basic principles such as those included in the Ten Commandments. Do not steal, do not kill, obey your parents -- who can argue with these important rules having a role in any functioning, healthy society?

UPDATE (4/17/05): The last known action on this bill was on June 25, 2003, when it was referred to the House Subcommittee on the Constitution.  Two new related bills have been proposed by the 109th Congress.  H.Con.Res.11 would require the display of the Ten Commandments in the U.S. Capitol building, and H.Con.Res. 12 would require the display of the Ten Commandments in the chambers of the House and Senate. Both were referred to the House Committee on House Administration on January 4, 2005.