Hamilton: Courthouse 10 Commandments monument scuttled

The markers engraved with the Ten Commandments would have been placed outside the doors of the courthouse. (Photo by John Carroll/file)
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HAMILTON, Texas (KWTX) A controversial plan to place a 10 Commandments monument on the grounds of the Hamilton County Courthouse has been scuttled after the man who proposed the monument nullified his offer.

“The citizen who made the offer to build the monument has rescinded it,” Hamilton County Judge W. Mark Tynes said Thursday.

County commissioners were considering the resident’s offer to donate stone markers engraved with the 10 Commandments that would be placed outside the courthouse doors.

Not everyone was happy about the proposal, but others expressed support for the idea.

Hamilton lawyer Nancy Yates, however, took early issue with the proposal.

"By putting this plaque up to the 10 Commandments they're making the choice to support a particular voice as opposed to the Hindu voice or the Buddhist voice or the Islamic voice.

"My problem is it is a violation of the Establishment Clause under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which says that the state is not going to promote one religion over another," Yates said.

Baylor University Professor of Philosophy and Church-State Studies Francis Beckwith said at the time given the political climate in the U.S. today, the county might have on the fight.