Thousands of stone Ten Commandments monuments on highly visible properties in communities across the nation, millions of smaller plaques in Christian and Jewish homes, and a massive bronze showing the biblical image of Moses holding the stones on which God wrote… The target of the ACLU? Nope. Thanks to the ACLU!
The dimensions of the Ten Commandments monument suggested for thousands of churches and synagoges nationwide
Joe Worthing, the executive director for Project Moses, says his organization, only a few years old, is well on its way to reaching many of its goals of placing Ten Commandments monuments all over the nation, and it’s because of a complaint from the ACLU.
The ministry was launched by John Menghini, an Overland Park, Kan., businessman, who was disturbed by a news story about the ACLU demanding and getting the removal of a Ten Commandments monument from a Kansas City courthouse.
The Kansas City story also noted the fate of the monument to which the ACLU objected: It was moved about 100 feet across the street to St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, so that it would be on private property and no longer subject to the whims of lawyers and judges, and a light clicked on for Menghini.
“The beauty of this move is that now, far more visitors to the courthouse actually view the Ten Commandments because it is more visible than it ever was on the courthouse grounds,” he said. “I thought, if every church and synagogue in America would proudly display God’s law, as this one church did, maybe our culture could turn a corner and come back to its Judeo-Christian roots.”
The result was Project Moses, which works to install 900-pound stone monuments to God’s Laws on church and other private properties in prominent civic locations across the country. Hundreds already are installed, as well as thousands of smaller stone plaques that are offered to families for their homes.
“The ACLU is not the problem [with removing the Ten Commandments from America],” Worthing told WND. “We need to send them a thank you. They awakened a sleeping giant.
“The problem has been the apathy of good citizens sitting on their hands and saying, ‘That’s happening in California or Boston, not in Omaha,’” he said.
One Nebraska city’s situation is a perfect example of what the organization wants to do: A citizen brought a complaint against the city government for a Ten Commandments monument hidden in a remote corner of a public park.
A Ten Commandments display at First Baptist Church in Downey, Calif.
It was removed, but one of the Project Moses monuments was placed instead on a street front property. It happens to be only a few blocks from where the complainant lives, and he now has to drive within 15 feet of God’s Laws whenever he passes that location, Worthing said.
“Listen, they [the ACLU] may have won a few skirmishes, but God’s going to win the war,” Worthing said.
He said his organization in just a few years has installed nearly 400 of the monuments, far more than have been removed from public locations because of litigation and intimidation over the past 30 years.
“Project Moses’ stated mission is the restoration of respect for the Ten Commandments so all may live out Christ’s call for true social justice in the home, communities and political policies,” the organization says. It cites the instructions from the Torah, Deut. 6:4-9. “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. … Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates…”
Worthing says the primary goal is to place the stone monuments, 5 feet, 4 inches tall, “on every private religious property, Catholic, Protestant and Jewish, in America.”
These monuments are intended to be on “‘Main Street,’ right in front for the whole community to see.”
The cost of the monuments, including those made from marble imported from the Sinai Peninsula, run about $4,500 to $5,000 including delivery and the organization has various methods of raising funds for churches that want to participate.
Proposed bronze of Moses and the Ten Commandments planned for Washington, D.C.
The goal is to install a total of 5,000 monuments over the next five years and distribute 1.5 million eight-inch square stone plaques in homes and offices at the same time. More than 15,000 already have been handed out, officials said.
The last part of the goal is a bronze of Moses holding the Decalogue over his head. It is expected to be about 24 feet tall and be placed on private property in Washington, although no details about the land can be released until its purchase is completed, officials said.
Because the numbering traditions among Catholics, Protestants and Jews vary, the monuments are available in the St. Augustine, King James or Jewish number traditions.
The project’s goal “is not to argue whose tradition is better but to get all who view these monuments to dive into Scripture and move beyond the simple 10 sentences we learned as children.”
The project supports the efforts of many Christian individuals and organizations to maintain historic Ten Commandments monuments in public locations.
But, Worthing said, “If the first place someone sees the Commandments is at the courthouse, that’s probably why he is there!
“Political battles need to be fought but conversion and changing how people live needs to be the goal. America is where it is at today, morally, not because of groups like the ACLU but because of the APATHY of the faithful.
“Sir Edmund Burke said it best when he said, ‘The only thing necessary for evil to succeed is for good men to do nothing.’ Project Moses gives the average believer the opportunity they have not had in the courtrooms over the past 30 years, a tangible way to show support for God’s laws,” he said.
He said a teaching curriculum also is available to churches, since the goal is more than to plop a piece of rock on a sidewalk. Also available are plans for “Ten Commandments weekends” where churches raise their own funds for the monuments.
“More than 90 percent of the churches who hold a weekend raise more money than they need to buy the monument,” he said.
Christians schools, too, should consider the impact, he said.
“Instead of having a cardboard cutout, how about a 900-pound stone monument in an entryway,” he said. “It’s something like 3,500 times a child will have to walk by that over the course of their grade school years. They just may be able to remember them then.”
Only five states have not yet had such a monument installed, and plans are under way at this time for the first installation in Vermont. The other states remaining are North and South Carolina, Alaska and Hawaii.
WND has reported extensively of battles over the existence of Ten Commandments monuments in America, as well as on the existing historical references to the Ten Commandments in Washington, as well as politically correct effects to minimize, change or alter those references.