Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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July 15, 2013

Commandments, crash, obesity, more

— A selection of reader comments from our Facebook page last week:

On a poll question asking if officials should be allowed to display the Ten Commandments on government property like the Wyoming County Courthouse:

• That’s the problem with the U.S., we have taken God out of everything. Yes they should be allowed to display the Ten Commandments — Janice A.

• Absolutely! We are one nation Under God! We should never deny God! — Robin S.

• Yes, it should be displayed. If we don’t turn back to God then we will be the next Sodom and Gomorrah — Joyce W.

• If God starts turning people into salt, sure. Otherwise, we should just keep acting like it doesn’t matter, and maybe following established U.S. law ... — Matt S.

• Yes! Yes! Yes! — Sherry B.

• The words “under God” were not a part of U.S. history until 1923. In America we are supposed to have religious freedom. To have that freedom you cannot put only one religious artifact or doctrine on public property. It is called freedom for a reason — Bev O.

• Why all of the controversy? If officials want to put a display of “rules” in front of a courthouse that nearly every “law-abiding” individual indoors has broken in one way or another, then go ahead. It just turns something that is sacred to many into a billboard of hypocrisy for all — Michael W.

• Yes, anywhere, anytime — Jeanie C.

• No ... 100 percent, no. A courthouse should show no sides. It should be a neutral place. God has a church and homes and that should be where he/she stays — Micheal C.

• Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, plain and simple — Terrance S.

• You’re all brainless zombies worshipping cult symbols. There should be no consideration shown for Kool-aid drinkers who refuse to think for themselves — Derek Z.

• Yes — Don H.

• Before you display anything on property that is not yours, shouldn’t you first ask permission to do it? — Bill S.

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