In what may seem a surprising stance, a group of witches in West Virginia is brewing up support for public display of the Ten Commandments.
“Widen’s Own Wiccans” says the Decalogue should stay viewable in the Clay County Courthouse, as its members oppose the threat of a lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union.
In a statement, the Wiccans say the county “is being bullied by the ACLU,” and that the Ten Commandments “are, and have always been, an integral part of Clay’s unique, one-of-a-kind culture.”
The Wiccans pledged to support the county commission “in its quest to maintain our Christian/Appalachian heritage and culture.”
They concluded: “We want the ’10 Commands’ to STAY ON THE WALL.”
Stephen Crampton, chief counsel for the American Family Association’s Center for Law & Policy, said, “While we were surprised by the public comments of the Wiccans, we appreciate their recognition of the contribution of the Ten Commandments to the culture of Clay County. It is a shame that virtually everyone but the ACLU acknowledges the integral role of the Ten Commandments both in Clay County and in our nation.”
The display containing a framed plaque of the Ten Commandments also includes copies of the U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence.