Scout's Ten Commandments Project rejected by county, BSA

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."

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-10-28-07 0601EDT

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  • by Eagel Mother Location: Prestonsburg on Oct 30, 2007 at 08:12 PM
    Shane is so right in his statements. please read them again before posting, somthing you don't know what you are talking about, to be an Eagle Scout is an honor and it takes a lot of hard work. This is not showing leadership or any way helping the communtiy, involving other scouts or taking the required time to do this project. And as I read, and I could be wwrong, he did not have the approval of the Eagle Board of Review before all of this hit the news. All Eagle scout projocts are subject for approval from the board. Let this boy become an Eagle scout, but plese, lets do it the right way.
  • by Bart Location: Harrodsburg on Oct 29, 2007 at 04:44 PM
    It has nothing to do with freedom FROM religion. The Constitution never says "freedom of religion." What it says is "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..." The Supreme Court has interpreted "establishment" as also meaning an endorsement. "Congress" has been interpreted to mean any law making body. That could actually be Congress or the local school board. Clearly if a governmental body places the Ten Commandments in the county courthouse, that endorses one religion over all others. Unless of course they place all major religions there. If this really wasn't about the Ten Commandments, this boy could simply replace that document with another like the Magna Carta. Nor does this have anything to do with rejecting God. Our churches are for the worship of God not our courthouses.
  • by Bart Location: Harrodsburg on Oct 28, 2007 at 11:52 PM
    How about if the some young Muslim boy wanted to post the Five Pillars of Islam? Or what is a Hindu lad wanted to erect a statue or a painting of some awful looking four armed, elephant headed monster god! Would Ernie Fletcher be supporting that? Would the people of Henderson stand behind that? No you say? Surely you do know that it is illegal for the government to discriminate against religion? I know this is a wacky idea, but how about we post them in the church? I mean you wouldn't want to bring your preacher to represent you in court! Ironically, this boy has made the Ten Commandments an idol therefore breaking commandment #2!
  • by Chris Location: SE KY on Oct 28, 2007 at 07:55 PM
    I'm always amazed at government agencies. The current translation of the constitution is "Freedom FROM Religion", instead of "Freedom OF Religion". I guess it all stems from the current misinterpretation of separation of church and state. Last I remember, the Church of England wasn't trying to run our government. I wouldn't be offended with a quote from the Bible, Koran, Buddha, or any other religion. Some folks are just plain old offended by the mention of ANY religion, except for Evolution. Belief in something that can't be seen is a religion. Evolution fits that definition nicely. Not to be confused with Adaptation. I agree with Zatoichi. Apparently it's alright to offend Christians. Heaven forbid we offend gays or illegal immigrants.
  • by Shane Location: Lawrenceburg on Oct 28, 2007 at 06:32 PM
    As an Eagle Scout myself, I say I have to agree with the BSA that this project is not in compliance with very strict and spelled-out rules for what you have to do to qualify as an Eagle Scout Service Project. Making a copy of the Ten Commandments, the Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence and hanging it on a wall (any wall) does not qualify, it would not take the minimum amount of hours, requires no demonstration of leadership over others to accomplish the goal, and doesn't really perform a valuable service to the community-at-large. So I have to agree with the BSA for denying that as a possible project, and the Fiscal Court for not wanting to end up in a multi-million dollar lawsuit because a kid (or more likely...his parents) wanted to make a religious statement. There are plenty of things he can do to satisfy his project requirements without costing taxpayers 10 million dollars to fight a lawsuit.
  • by Rick Location: Georgetown on Oct 28, 2007 at 02:47 PM
    This is just a sign of the times. I support EVERYONE who stands up for GOD. They can reject this but I can't wait until Jesus comes back!!!! 'Betcha they won't reject HIM then!!!!!!
  • by Jeannie Location: Grayson on Oct 28, 2007 at 02:28 PM
    Beast masters?????? You seem like a Good Christian, always concerned for others...
  • by Zatoichi Location: Richmond on Oct 28, 2007 at 09:16 AM
    I betcha if the BSA wanted to put up a display showing the 'positive' points of illegal immigration there would not be a problem. Or how about the great contributions of gays, lesbians, transgenders and beast masters to society. That is only two great ideals I came up with, can you think of more?


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