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Several hundred placards containing the Ten Commandments were recently distributed in the St. George area for residents to post on their private lawns or in the windows of their homes.

Finally, some Christians are beginning to realize that the private use of the commandments are acceptable; however, some of them still believe that government entities should also be able to display them. They don't understand that the U.S. Constitution prohibits governments from showing favoritism to particular religions because they would be helping to establish those particular religions.

Ironically, the first four of those commandments are very dictatorial. The first one does not allow anyone the freedom of religion to worship any god they choose. And the biblical penalty for violating the First Commandment is death by stoning. (See Deuteronomy 13:6-10.) The Second, Third and Fourth Commandments also deny religious freedom.

Stephen Clark

Salt Lake City