Ten Commandments Posted In State Capitol On Eve Of Election

By JOE BIESK
Associated Press Writer

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Republican Gov. Ernie Fletcher ordered the Ten Commandments displayed in the state Capitol Monday, hitting on a re-election campaign theme the day before Kentucky's general election.

The Ten Commandments, along with other historical documents mounted on gold-colored easels, went on display in the Capitol Rotunda following a ruling from U.S. District Judge Joseph M. Hood earlier in the day. Hood ruled that a previous injunction that prevented a displaying the Biblical directives did not apply.

Kentucky's race for governor culminates Tuesday, when voters decide whether Fletcher or Democrat Steve Beshear will guide Kentucky over the next four years. Recent media polls have shown Fletcher trailing Beshear by 15 to 23 percentage points.

Throughout the campaign, Fletcher and other Republicans have criticized Beshear for an opinion he wrote as Kentucky attorney general in the 1980s - following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling - that advised public schools to remove the Ten Commandments from classroom walls.

Fletcher, an ordained Baptist minister, issued an executive order directing that the Ten Commandments be displayed as part of a "Foundations of American Law and Government Display" that includes the Magna Carta, Mayflower Compact and the Declaration of
Independence.

Beshear spokeswoman Vicki Glass said the move showed Fletcher's campaign was panicking.

"He is pulling out all of the stops in an attempt to distract voters from his four years of failed leadership and from the real issues of bringing honesty and integrity back to the people of Kentucky," Glass said. "If Ernie Fletcher had been living by the Ten Commandments these last four years he wouldn't be in the mess he's in today."

David Fleenor, Fletcher's general counsel, said Fletcher was not putting the Ten Commandments up now for political reasons. Rather, the timing was based on the court ruling.

Meanwhile, both candidates spent Monday rallying supporters in the waning hours of their hard fought gubernatorial campaign, visiting airports in cities across Kentucky.

Beshear started his day with a rally that drew about 80 supporters at Backwoods Bar-B-Que in Paducah. He urged his supporters not to let up until the polls close.

Fletcher started the day in Lexington. He was touting his dministration's accomplishments in education, health care and economic development and warning that electing his "liberal" opponent would be bad for Kentucky.

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


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  • by ben Location: lex on Nov 8, 2007 at 07:10 PM
    NO, you're in my prayers! lol.....
  • by cindy Location: somerset on Nov 8, 2007 at 01:46 PM
    Mom you are so funny, you crack me up! Please keep up the comedy. I need a good laugh every now and then. Thanks!
  • by Charles Location: Manchester Ky, on Nov 8, 2007 at 08:52 AM
    I for one am all for the ten commandments and I think they should be posted on every public bulding in the U.S.A. for that matter but haveing something done the day before elections is kinda a mercy call by him i think myself but if he could gotten this done the day before the election why didnt he stand up for all this before now they could all have this kind of things done if they would but no matter what nothing is going to change until this country turns to god if im allowed to say god on here , but putting something up for a show before the election dont mean a thing but that he was desperate for votes hay if they will do this and mean it with their hearts instead of trying to get votes out off it this country might take a change for the better GOD knows we need it.
  • by Mom Location: KY on Nov 8, 2007 at 08:30 AM
    You've got it all wrong, Ben. God does want us speaking for Him. If you read the Bible you would know it is true. You're in my prayers.
  • by Mom Location: KY on Nov 8, 2007 at 08:26 AM
    Hey Ben, I must have SCARED you!!I'm going to tell you something-you had better be scared, or at least I would think that anybody who is facing eternity in HELL would be so scared, that they would want to become a christian. I only spoke the truth and apparently it made you stop and think about your soul.
  • by ben Location: lex on Nov 8, 2007 at 05:29 AM
    Jesus doesn't want you to type in all caps... Anyone else thinks it is funny that a dem wins office and now we have a bunch of religious fundamentalist talking about Jesus? That's why you guys lost, because the large majority of people don't want to hear about Jesus when people are talking politics. I'm a Christian, and I realize the way to win minds and hearts isn't to try and scare people.... just because the scare tactics worked on some gullible peoples minds doesn't mean it will work on the majority of people, as this most recent election has shown.
  • by johnny Location: evarts on Nov 8, 2007 at 04:56 AM
    the election is over. nothing we can do about it. so get over it and quit crying about it.i am democrat but stil vote for some republicans, but not this time.rember howe we vote is our right so get over it an stop crying about it
  • by Broke Location: Poor house on Nov 8, 2007 at 03:21 AM
    You people have made my morning thanks for the good laugh.What makes you think your opinions matter.I can not afford to gamble because I can not by the gas it takes to get there.As far as the ten commandments go you don't have to like it,this state was like this when you arrived and will be like this when you leave.Chances are you do not have enough MONEY to change things or the chance to get enough money to change things ,so shutup and get back to work so you and your fellow CRY BABIES can make money to pay your taxes {which you know will raise no matter what party is elected}and support your local WELFARE people,because before long at the price of gas that's wre I will be and I wiil need plenty of money for gas so I can go Gamble!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by D Location: CORBIN on Nov 8, 2007 at 12:17 AM
    I DON'T KNOW WHY YOU ALL ARE GRIPING ABOUT THIS? EVEN IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE IN THE BIBLE THE 10 COMMANDMENTS ARE A GREAT SET OF RULES TO FOLLOW. FOLLOW THEM AND YOU WILL NOT ONLY HAVE A CASTLE IN HEAVEN BUT THIS WORLD WOULD BE A MUCH BETTER PLACE TO LIVE IN. BUT LIBERALS LIKE YOU ALL DON'T WANT THAT. YOU WANT THIS ONCE GREAT AND FEARED COUNTRY TO KEEP ITS DROP. JUST LIKE ALL THE OTHER GREAT NATIONS OF THE WORLD ROME, EGYPT, ETC. WHEN YOU TAKE GOD OUT OF THE COUNTRY YOUR COUNTRY WILL SOON FALL. ALL THESE COUNTRIES TOLD GOD TO GET LOST AND LOOK WHERE THEY ARE NOW! REMEMBER THIS BECAUSE IT IS WHERE WE ARE HEADING. WHEN WE HAD PRAYER IN SCHOOLS DID YOU HEAR OF A SCHOOL SHOOTING....NO!!! WHEN THE COMMANDMENTS WERE HANGING IN COURTHOUSES WAS THE CRIME AS BAD....NO! ALL OF THIS IS PROVEN BY FACTS. CHECK IT OUT FOR YOURSELVES!!! PRAISE THE LORD!!!
  • by TODD Location: SOMERSET on Nov 7, 2007 at 11:59 PM
    Remember, Jesus loves the hell out of you!

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