10 Commandment billboards aim to bring moral code to public - WKRN News 2

10 Commandment billboards aim to bring moral code to public


Some digital billboards in Nashville are now displaying a copy of the Ten Commandments.

The billboards are part of a national effort started by Joseph Farah, who is the CEO of the conservative news Web site "World Net Daily".

Through e-mail, Farah told Nashville's News 2 that since the Ten Commandments have been stripped from public areas, his goal is to display them publicly in large areas and main streets across the country.

"It is designed to confront Americans with the moral code that defines right from wrong in a Judeo-Christian culture," Farah said.

Nashville's News 2 asked for opinions on the Ten Commandment billboards on the WKRN Facebook page and it generated a lot of responses.

Most people are in favor of the display, but a few are against it.

Katherine Vargas said it is a "waste of money. We need less religious propaganda and more of the golden rule."

John Guertin wrote, "We have ten times as many churches as we have government buildings and schools in this county. I've never had a Muslim or an atheist or a Buddhist knock on my door telling what to believe. I can't say the same for Christians. Faith and religion should be personal and only shared with those who have the same faith. Leave the rest of us alone."

However, the principals of the Ten Commandments are a part of the Islamic faith, too.

"With the Ten Commandments you are talking about the principals of Islam anyway. You are talking about honoring your mother and your father, which is a huge aspect of Islam," said Asad Ansari, a local Muslim youth Minister.

Ansari continued, "You are talking about the belief in that there is no other gods before me, and in Islam the core belief is there is no God but Allah. So all the principals, thou shalt not kill… all those principals are huge part of our faith."

He points out that our society was founded on the principals of the Ten Commandments.

"Culturally, our society is founded on those beliefs anyway. Even though we are not founded on one religion, we are founded on a sense of goodness and that sense of goodness is what carries us through," Ansari explained.

Joseph Farah's ultimate goal is to re-introduce all Americans to the Ten Commandments and awake both believers and non-believers and to bring God's Law back America.

Farah first launched his campaign in Las Vegas, and now Nashville, because both are popular entertainment destinations.

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