Removal of Ten Commandments from Cumberland Courthouse Sparks Controversy

January 2, 2005

Source: The Washington Post

On January 2, 2005 The Washington Post reported, "when word got out in October that public officials had removed a 47-year-old stone engraving of the Ten Commandments from the courthouse, people in this small mill town [Cumberland, MD] took action. The protest by Edward Taylor Jr., the Rev. Ronald Yost and others over removal of the monument, on display in Cumberland, Md., since 1957, prompted its return... Emotions continue to run high in this town of more than 21,500 after public officials ordered the display moved based on a complaint that it violated the separation of church and state -- and then returned it two days later. Similar controversies have occurred throughout the country, prompting the U.S. Supreme Court to take up the matter. So what is it about these slabs of stone that stir people's hearts? For some, such displays are important daily reminders of the essential rules that they believe a healthy society should observe."

See also: Christianity, Civic