Seven Aphorisms vs. the Ten Commandments

It’s been months since the hotly debated question of church and state has come up in Mesa County. Not so in Pleasant Grove, Utah, a small city between Provo and Salt Lake City. It’s religious dispute made it to the Supreme Court last week.

Like many communities, Pleasant Grove has a monument listing the Ten Commandments on city property.

A Salt Lake City-based group called Summum has sued — not to get the monument removed but to allow Summum to post its guiding principles — called the Seven Aphorisms — in the same park.

The obvious question, if that is approved, is where it all ends. Must communities across the country, in order to keep their Ten Commandments, also post monuments to Hindu, Muslim, Native American and Wiccan beliefs? What about other philosophies or religions not yet created?

The issue of separation of church and state remains one which reasonable people can and do differ, and have for a long time.

But it will take the wisdom of Solomon for the high court to fashion a decision in this case — a case that will affect many other communities — which remains true to the Constitution and respects this nation’s undeniable Judeo-Christian roots.


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