Statement Of Sen. Alexander - In Response To Fox News: Is The Public Display Of The Ten Commandments In Government Buildings Constitutional?

Posted on March 3, 2005

My ancestors fought in the Revolutionary War because they were mad about paying taxes to support the Church of England to which they didn’t belong--they were Presbyterians. We don’t want a state church in this country, but we want the freedom to express our religious traditions. When I preside over the Senate, I read the words “In God We Trust” there. They ought to stay there. In the Supreme Court building, there are all the law givers, including Moses with the Ten Commandments. We are one of the most religious countries in the world. It is part of how our democracy operates. We’ve been afraid to talk about that. We don’t want a state church. The fact that we don’t have a state church is probably why we’re so religious. We have almost entrepreneurial religion—a church on every corner. And if this one doesn’t work, people split off and form a new one. Of course we should be able to display, talk about and teach about the Ten Commandments. You wouldn’t even understand why we’re in Iraq if you didn’t know about the bible verse in Matthew about the “city on the hill.” That’s where our moral mission comes from. We don’t want a state church, so the Supreme Court is probably going to say there’s some ways to do this and some ways not to do it and hopefully they’ll draw a better like.