HENDERSON, Ky. (AP) - A proposal by a would-be Eagle Scout to
put the Ten Commandments at a western Kentucky courthouse as part
of a historical display has stalled because of objections by the county government and the Boy Scouts.
Ian Gerard of Henderson wants to put the Ten Commandments at the
Henderson County Courthouse, along with the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
The Henderson County Fiscal court turned down Gerard's offer, citing the possibility of a legal challenge against posting the Ten Commandments in a government building. And, the Boy Scouts of America have also rejected the project because it doesn't include working with other scouts - a key to becoming an Eagle Scout.
Jeff Rock, executive director of the Shawnee Trails Council of the Boy Scouts of America, said the project could have been changed to include other scouts, but the lack of support from the Fiscal Court would still kill the plans.
An Eagle Scout project must have the approval of the organization it is geared to benefit, Rock said.
"We want to help our scout find an Eagle Scout project that will work for him and the community. I commend the young man for wanting to display the Ten Commandments," Rock said. "He can pursue that as an individual, but not on behalf of Scouting. Scouting has no battle with fiscal court on this issue."
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