Thou shall not display the Ten Commandments
By Kim Swindell Wood | June 1, 2018 1:46 pm
Last Updated: June 1, 2018 at 1:53 pm
By Hansel Moore – contributor
A post was recently added to the Van Buren County Facebook page of new administration building with a photo of the Ten Commandments in the foreground.
It did not take long for someone 1,034 miles away to weigh in on the display as an “offensive travesty” greeting people in Van Buren Tennessee. Through the protective layers of anonymity of the internet, a verbal volleying occurred.
One man said, “It is a shame that the mayor does not respect the U.S. Constitution and is openly violating it with this post and the monument. Enjoy your lawsuit.”
County Mayor Greg Wilson took a moment to share his thoughts.
“[Man’s name], this is Greg Wilson, mayor of Van Buren County. Surely you know that the Constitution allows FREEDOM OF SPEECH, and Van Buren County has exercised that right! I am a Christian and proud of it, as you have stated the Bible is fiction I feel a deep need to pray for you, and I have for you already this morning, and I will continue to do so. I am not going to rant on Facebook, in fact I didn’t even have Facebook til I was alerted of your post. I do not intend to argue with you publicly in this forum, but I do invite you to visit our county, and I will be glad to speak with you personally. It is a sad day when people spend time in this environment, think of the good you could do for your community wherever you are from [man’s name]. [Man’s name] consider and reflect upon the following words: For God so loved this world he gave his only son so you would not perish but have everlasting life. I wish you well [man’s name] and I pray that you will find peace and just a reminder the Bible is not FICTION – it is the only way to everlasting life.”
A number of comments from Van Buren residents weighed in supporting Wilson’s statement.
[Woman] “Why do so many people outside of Van Buren County all of a sudden care about what we do/do not display? I don’t understand it. Has there not been a 10 Commandments sign in the jailhouse yard for a while now? If you don’t like our small town, why are you following our page?
[Woman] “I am so proud to be from a county who takes pride in believing in the good Lord. I am proud to see this here.
[Woman] “All the people responding that are not from Spencer, TN, how do you even know that this monument really exists? You don’t believe in a God you can’t see so why don’t you pretend our monument isn’t here since you can’t see it or touch it?”
Reportedly, the decision for the Ten Commandments’ display was made by a committee of Van Buren’s residents who supported the notion of placing the biblical granite mandate near the entrance of the administration building.
There were additional comments that were not supportive.
[Man] “I would expect no more, no less from Van Buren County…no sense of perception.”
[Man] “The rules are no different on this in your little town than anywhere else in this country. This is illegal, and it will come down.
If anyone has any thoughts on the matter, please send a Letter to the Editor, to the Van Buren Eagle: firstname.lastname@example.org.