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CULTURE NEWS: Man walks to D.C. in support of public Ten Commandments displays

WASHINGTON (BP)–Scott Teague, a funeral director and former Marine from Mountain City, Tenn., is on his way to the nation’s capital to make a point. He is walking 440 miles to Washington to ask Congress to pass a law allowing the Ten Commandments to be placed in public schools and government courthouses.

“My mission is to bring awareness to our great nation and to remind all that the Ten Commandments are the historical foundation of American law, moral values and code of conduct,” he told his local newspaper. “These commandments were not written by any religion but by the finger of Almighty God, our great creator and heavenly Father, to be followed by everyone.”

Teague, 51, left the Johnson County Courthouse in Tennessee Feb. 5 and expected to arrive in Washington in early March, hoping to speak with some members of Congress. He has the support of many people in his local community, the newspaper said, and he believes the current economic turmoil gripping the nation is a result of an abandonment of God’s principles.

Before he left, Teague, a member of the Gideons, spoke at a gathering of Baptist pastors in his hometown.

“This goes to the heart of our identity as Americans and the right of a local community to express its values,” Jack Roddy, director of missions for the Watauga Baptist Association, told the Baptist & Reflector newspaper. “We have been one nation under God and earnestly wish to keep our footing on this foundation. The walk is one man’s extraordinary effort, yet so many seem to be identifying with it. In fact, some are actually joining him along the way.”

A nearby newspaper, the Bristol Herald Courier, ran an editorial saying they were refreshed to see people “eager to live their beliefs and to openly act upon them,” but claimed that Teague’s mission runs counter to the U.S. Constitution.

“Millions of Americans, including members of this editorial board, find strength and solace in their faith. But the strength of this nation is rooted in its respect for all religions, or none, and for its refusal to honor one religion over others…. Congress cannot pass a law upholding the Ten Commandments as the right words to be installed in courthouses and publicly funded schools,” the Herald Courier said.
Erin Roach is a staff writer for Baptist Press.

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