July 2, 2012 |
A framed copy of the Ten Commandments that had been on display at a Virginia public high school will be replaced by a page from a history textbook depicting the commandment tablets and highlighting their role in the "roots of democracy. " The swap is being made under a proposed settlement of a lawsuit that contended displaying the text of the commandments violated the Constitutional requirement for separation of church and state. The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia, which sued the Giles County school board, and Liberty Counsel, which represented the school board, applauded the proposed settlement.
May 16, 2012
Re "New legal battle over Ten Commandments," May 11 Instead of recycling these heavy-handed Ten Commandments, Jesus, as Moses' successor, in his own Sermon on the Mount gave eight new hallmarks of Christian holiness, urging justice, mercy, purity of heart, humility, peacemaking and uprightness. Later he commanded followers to love their enemies and do unto others what they would have done to them. Why are these never chiseled into stone displays for all to emulate? Robert Brophy Los Alamitos ALSO: Letters: Men, women and history Letters: Medical billing done wrong Letters: Jerry Brown, pragmatic in a crisis
May 10, 2012 |
Is displaying the Ten Commandments alongside copies of the Declaration of Independence, the Star-Spangled Banner, Magna Carta and other documents at a Virginia public high school an unconstitutional government endorsement of religion? Or is it part of an educational exhibit of historic documents? Those questions are at the heart of a long-simmering legal fight in a small Appalachian Mountains county. The Ten Commandments and a copy of the U.S. Constitution were on display at Narrows High School for more than a decade.
July 13, 2011 |
I'd like to announce that I'm legally changing my name to Ron Artest, on account of he's changing his name to Metta World Peace, which — small world — was actually my birth name. If this name change goes through — I go before the judge on a variety of matters next week — I hope to pick up a percentage of Artest's jersey sales, though I realize I've never seen anyone actually wear an Artest jersey, other than Artest himself. Even then, it was somewhat reluctantly. Obviously, he's found a way to remedy that.
October 13, 2010
"The Ten Commandments" Where: American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood When: 7:30 p.m. Monday Admission: $10 Information: http://www.americancinematheque.com
October 13, 2010 |
There will be a lot of history on display Monday night when the American Cinematheque presents Cecil B. DeMille's 1956 epic "The Ten Commandments" starring Charlton Heston as Moses and Yul Brynner as the power-mad pharaoh, Rameses ? and not just of the biblical kind. "Ten Commandments" has a special place in Hollywood lore: It was DeMille's last film and made Heston a superstar. The blockbuster is being shown at the Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, which is celebrating its 88th birthday that night.