Proposal would put 10 Commandments outside Ga. Capitol

Proposal would put 10 Commandments outside Ga. Capitol

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A South Georgia lawmaker will propose next month a bill that would allow the construction of a monument outside the Georgia Capitol featuring the 10 Commandments.  

Vidalia Republican Rep. Greg Morris wants the monument to be built where the statue of former Sen. Tom Watson used to be.  

In  addition to the 10 Commandments, the monument also features the preambles to the Georgia and United States constitutions.  Morris says the constitutions and the Commandments go hand-in-hand.

However, there are those who are critical of House Bill 702.  Chad Brock of the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia said the new monument would ostracize non-Christian citizens.

The Tom Watson Statue was taken down and relocated last month as part of a renovation project at the Capitol.  The former senator of the 1920s was a white supremacist who vilified blacks and Jews.

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