December 15, 2016 | Posted in Religion | By

On Wednesday the Capitol Arts and Grounds Commission held a public hearing about construction of a monument of the Ten Commandments.

The legislature authorized the monument in 2015. The monument is based on one that has been upheld as constitutional elsewhere. It would be placed on the grounds of the Arkansas Capitol Building to list the Ten Commandments and commemorate their influence on western law.

Unfortunately the monument has drawn criticism from some. That’s why Family Council sent a representative to the hearing and submitted a statement to the Secretary of State’s office in support of the monument, saying,

Family Council supports the construction and placement of the monument of the Ten Commandments on the Arkansas Capitol Grounds. The Ten Commandments have left an indelible mark on western law. They represent one of the earliest examples of the rule of law–a cornerstone of our democratic republic. The principles embodied in them have served as a foundation for civil laws for centuries. No other moral or civil code has been held in higher esteem by Americans. Commemorating the Ten Commandments and acknowledging their importance are entirely appropriate for the State of Arkansas.

You can read the 2015 legislation authorizing construction of the Ten Commandments monument here.

Jerry is the founder and president of Family Council. He began Family Council in 1989 after a successful effort to amend the Arkansas Constitution to prevent the use of public funds for abortions. He and his wife reside in Little Rock. They have four sons.