West Chester, Tolerance and Good Sense -- Cagle
Thou shalt not kill. Certainly a Christian value, and most (if not all) religions follow this edict or similarly worded ones. As of now, this is no longer illegal. In the short term, we realize that morning commutes will turn into blood baths, resembling a war zone, but eventually traffic congestion will disappear—that's a good thing. And that guy you can't stand in the bindery, the goof who always refers to himself in the third person and keeps his cigarette pack rolled up his t-shirt sleeve? Feel free to stuff him in the paper baler.
Thou shalt not steal. Clearly, my rights are being exploited if I'm not allowed to help myself to a free copy of the June issue of Penthouse, featuring Anna Kournikova, from the local Gulp-N-Gas. It's too embarrassing to pay for one, anyway.
Thou shalt not commit adultery. Couples will now stay together longer, because spouses can't sue for divorce due to proactively coveting thy neighbor's wife. Oddly enough, adultery figures decrease as cheaters find it's not as much fun when sneaking around isn't neccessary.
The issue at hand has nothing to do with your beliefs or lack of them. It's all about common sense. Are we really insulted when someone erects a manger scene, or lights a menorah, in or around a building operated by the government? Whatever happened to tolerance? It's ironic that organizations such as the Freethought Society and the ACLU, defenders of the assailed minority, often come out in opposition to much of what the First Amendment represents.
Let's face it: a plastic baby Jesus with a 40-watt bulb inside shouldn't trigger a court case. Nor should a tattered old plaque, which had existed on the Chester County courthouse for more than 70 years without violating anyone's rights. Someone, or a group of people, were taken by the similarity between many of the commandments and the laws of our land, and came away with this conversation piece that, unfortunately, has caused too much conversation.