ATLANTA - A display of the Ten Commandments in the Georgia Capitol building is under the microscope.
The display of the Ten Commandments along with the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights and the Magna Carta were posted last week on a wall on the bottom floor of the Capitol just outside the snack bar.
State Rep. Matt Ramsey, R-Peacthree City, was a sponsor of a bill passed by the legislature last session that allowed the Ten Commandments to be displayed in all public buildings.
“Those concepts, those moral rights and wrongs, those principles that were set out in the commandments, they are all through our nation's history,” Ramsey told Channel 2’s Diana Davis.
But religious displays in public spaces are catching heat from critics. Americans United for Separation of Church and State said displaying the Ten Commandments in government buildings is divisive.
“The American government is based on democracy, and there's nothing stated in the Ten Commandments giving guidance on how to run a democracy,” said Jeffrey Selman, with the organization.
Ramsey said he believes the majority of Georgians support his position.
“It’s classic hard left extremism trying to impose a view that’s not shared by the vast majority for the citizens of the state,” Ramsey said. “To not display it in the Capitol along with other significant historic documents would be just wrong and to deny basic historical fact.”
Selman is a practicing Jew and said although the Ten Commandments are a foundation of his religion, there is no room for them in a government display.