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For the last 50 years, the Ten Commandments monument sat undisturbed in Hanover's Wirt Park. The monument is now in the middle of a Americans United for the Separation of Church and State sought to its removal from the public park. [Yellow highlighting is intentional.]

The monument was originally donated to the borough by the Fraternal Order of Eagles. The city of Frederick, Maryland, had a similar monument that the ACLU demanded to be taken down. Frederick solved that problem by selling the monument to the Eagles who moved it to private property. Thus, avoiding any court actions. However, an Frederick Alderman said that he would have preferred to Frederick maintain ownership of the monument and continue the legal battle, regardless of the cost.

That position is in line with the Old Kunnel as well as the numerous Christians in Hanover, Pennsylvania. It is not only important not to cave in to such anti-God people but because the Ten Commandants is a foundation for our country. It represents a sane, safe country for one thing that these people seem want to tear down by tearing God out of the government. Shame on them and I hope God will enlighten them soon.

Letter to the Editor of the Evening Sun, Hanover, Pennsylvania, from the Old Kunnel. Published Tuesday, March 30, 2004, under caption We should not bend to Washington entity...
The quick answers of Jeffrey Spangler [Letter, March 23] generates some questions and answers of my own.However, first let me place my copy of the U.S. Constitution's Amendment I. here...

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for the redress of grievances."

Has Congress passed any laws establishing religion or prohibiting the free expression of it? It seems to me that there is nothing here for any Court to interpret concerning the removal of the 10 Commandments from Wirt Park. It was given as a gift to the Borough of Hanover, Pennsylvania some 50 years ago. Yet, after all this time in one place it now appears to violate the freedom of citizens who have bothered to look at it over the years. The demand for its removal is not due to any interpretation of the Supreme Court or lower judicial power.

A disestablishment organization in Washington, D.C., is attempting to govern us here in our domicile by intimidation. They shamefully threaten a Supreme Court case to remove our monument from our park. Surely, this is "political correctness" taken to extremes. That extreme being the removal of God's moral justice from the conscience of those renouncing any laws save civil laws.

Although Hanover's leaders have been advised not to fight the removal because of a lack of funds, who is to say that the funds will not be available when the time comes? What does money have to do with it anyway? As I have said before, it is not the money it is the principle. The principle being that we as citizens of Hanover and its environs have the freedom to display any monument or artifact we wish without the egregious concern of people that don't even live here. If other communities have bent like reeds before the wind of this anonymous Washington entity, do we want to bend as well? I think not!
09:55 3/31/2004

Letter to the Editor of the Evening Sun, Hanover, Pennsylvania, from the Old Kunnel. Published Thursday, February 19, 2004, under caption We, the people are the majority...
Mayor Hormel was recently quoted in the Evening Sun as saying that it isn't worth the money to oppose movement of the Ten Commandments monument from Wirt Park. Of course not, Madame Mayor, but it is worth the principle in my opinion.

The principle being: shall we enjoy living as the community of Hanover according to our own dictates or shall we cow down to others in other communities and live as they dictate. We, the people of Hanover and its environs have enjoyed the monument just where it is for 50 years. We, the people, seem to want it to stay there another 50, or forever if you will. Now, as a matter of principle, are we going to let those who live and enjoy the environs of Washington, D.C., impose their will upon us?

I, for one of 'we, the people' don't think so.

Therefore, I propose a fund be gathered to support our position against those that would take away an important function of our citizenry. We, the people, in our community are the majority here in Hanover. And, in our country, the majority rules.
12:15 2/20/2004

What is an Oxymoron? Oxymoron Definition: A rhetorical figure in which incongruous or contradictory terms are combined.
EXAMPLE: "Oxymoron" - Removing the Ten Commandments from the courthouse, while making people in court swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help you God . . . while your hand is on the Bible!
10:05 2/16/2004 [A tip of the OK's beanie to Wendy, who lends us support from New Zealand.]

Here are few words on the subject by my good friend, :
Concerning Citizenship and Politics:

I have never missed voting in any election since I was eligible to vote because it is the greatest privilege we have in our country and the most abused by lack of interest and participation. Anybody who doesn't vote doesn't have an iota of reason to complain about anything the government doing to us. History shows that many elections have been won by a single vote so EVERY SINGLE VOTE COUNTS! I may not vote for the best candidate, but I am privileged to vote for the one I think best in my opinion and those who do nothing but sling mud against an opponent will never get my vote. Nobody is perfect but in my opinion most politicians will do whatever they think will get them votes. Our State supreme court judge, Roy Moore put a large stone monument of the ten commandments in his courthouse. He has had the ACLU challenge him in court but so far he has won the battle. [Kunnel Komment: It shows that a little intestinal fortitude and faith will defeat the politically correct.] [June 5, 2002]

     "The Ten Commandments display was removed from the Alabama Supreme Court building. There was a good reason for the move. You can't post Thou Shalt Not Steal, Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery and Thou Shall Not Lie in a building full of lawyers and politicians without creating a hostile work environment."
-- Frank Schober
15:58 2/16/2004

12:06 12/1/2007

Here's another report:

CBN.com The Christian Broadcasting Network Print | Back Home > CBN News NEWS BRIEFS CBN News Roundup January 30, 2004 CBN.com – Skyrocketing Government Costs Have Conservatives in an Uproar (CBN News) - The cost of President Bush's recent Medicare bill is going to be much higher than originally expected. And the federal budget deficit is also higher than previously thought. Conservatives aren't happy about either development.

The Medicare bill was originally expected to cost $400 billion over 10 years, now the White House says it will cost $534 billion. And this year's federal deficit will hit $520 billion, a record.

Conservatives have been blasting the Bush administration for its big spending on domestic programs, and the fact that President Bush has not vetoed a single spending bill.

Pa. Ten Commandments Monument Removed from Public Park

(CBN News) - All it took was a threat of a lawsuit by Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and city officials in Hanover, Pennsylvania, decided to remove a Ten Commandments monument from a city park.

Hanover city council members are looking for a prominent private location for the six-foot-high monument. Some local churches and a retirement home have offered to put it on their property, but the council's vice president says most Hanover residents want the monument to stay where it is.

The Christian Broadcasting Network, Inc. © 2004

10:43 2/8/2004

12:10 12/1/2007

Just in case you've forgotten, here are the words of God that we and the country should live by. They don't hurt and they might just help...     
-------------Exodus 20:1-17-------------
     Then God spoke all these words, saying,

2 "I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.

3 "You shall have no other gods besides Me.

4 "You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on earth beneath or in the water under the earth.

5 "You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the four fourth generations of those who hate Me,

6 but showing lovingkindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

7 "You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain.

8 "Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.

9 "Six days you shall labor and do all your work,

10 but the seventh day is a sabbath of the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male servant or your female servant or your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you.

11 "For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the lord blessed the sabbath day and made it holy.

12 "Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the Lord your God gives you.

13 "You shall not murder.

14 "You shall not commit adultery.

15 "You shall not steal.

16 "You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

17 "You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife or his male servant or his ox or his donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor."

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