New opinions, and updates in Jackson Co. Ten Commandments proposal

SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) — Plans are moving forward to potentially put a monument of the Ten Commandments in front of the Jackson County Courthouse, and a letter from a national organization has sparked even more debate.

The letter is from a nationwide nonprofit called Freedom From Religion Foundation. Commission Chair Matthew Hodges says the letter and the community’s various opinions will be taken into consideration by a newly formed committee that the Commission recently voted to instill. “The end goal is to get something that most folks are going to be pleased with, as to where those documents will be located,” Hodges says, “I think the push right now is to have those documents funded by private funding, so no public funding goes into it.”

Commissioner Tim Guffey’s proposal calls for the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution to be installed along with the Ten Commandments in what Guffey calls a group of historical documents.

Hodges says there are a lot of aspects involved in this proposal and they plan to look at every side. “We’re going to try to do this the right way if it’s going to be done,” Hodges says.

Hodges says they plan to take this slowly and says they want to avoid entangling themselves in a legal battle.
The committee is being formed now and should be able to meet shortly, and bring their findings to the full Commission.


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