«The 8-foot-by-3-foot granite slab contains the Ten Commandments on one side and the text of the Mayflower Compact on the reverse. It stands just to the side of a sidewalk leading up to the front steps of the courthouse.
Mike Bush, the Stigler pastor who was instrumental in raising money to construct the display, said in the last two weeks about 2,835 signatures have been collected in a petition supporting the monument.
``My heart is thankful to see so many people coming out,'' Bush said. ``All our laws are based on the 10 laws up here on our courthouse lawn.''»
It's funny how US law actually looks nothing like the Ten Commandments (which specify no penalties or procedures, and which criminalize "coveting" and observance of other religions), and instead looks really very much like a Germanic rehashing of a Roman rehashing of Sumerian legislation that stubbornly pre-dates the Ten Commandments by several centuries.
These monuments, like the folk-religions they come out of, are garbled by the general human inability to say what we're really thinking and why. If this problem were fixed, the status-deprived priestly yowlers of the Midwest would instantly and unamimously agree to produce a huge monument to tell the world in all directions: "We want to punish you".