Monuments proposed for Jackson Co. Courthouse, Ten Commandments to be included

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SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) -- A Jackson County Commissioner is proposing to the Commission to put three monuments in front of the county courthouse, and one will be of the Ten Commandments.

Commissioner Tim Guffey proposed the plan to put three monuments in front of the courthouse at a recent Commission meeting. "The Constitution, the Ten Commandments, and the Declaration of Independence. They all work hand in hand," Guffey says.

Guffey says the proposal to put all three monuments together stems from the base of our nation's founding. "If you look at the documents, the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, they are all stemmed from the word of God, from the Ten Commandments," Guffey says.

Guffey says he hopes that culmination of all three monuments will spark an interest in citizens if this proposal becomes a reality. "I'm doing this for historical reasons, for historical documents, just for folks to strike an interest, for them to go back and study to see how this country was established, and what made us the greatest nation ever," Guffey says.

Guffey says since the proposal was made public he has not encountered negative feedback from Jackson County's residents.

Guffey says he wants to be sure the public understands the reasoning behind the proposal. "If it don't do anything but strike an interest and make people go back and study and read the Constitution, read the Declaration of Independence, read the Ten Commandments, find out what the Founding Fathers meant when they established these documents, it'll be all worth it," Guffey says, "That's the only reason I'm doing it. It's not for any type of religion, it is for that purpose only."

He says he welcomes comments from the public on the matter, and says he can be reached by calling the County Commission office. That number is 256-574-9280.

The Commission expects to vote on this matter in at least three weeks, after a committee is devised to discuss the logistics behind it.


    • Concerned Citizen

      The ten commandments belongs at your church, not on the courthouse square. PERIOD. This is just a political move by politicians to get people stirred up. So if all religions are recognized equally by our government, is the population of Jackson County going to allow the sacred writings of other religions to be monumented on the courthouse square? Are there not more urgent issues that need to be addressed in Jackson County? (Jobs, education, public works, crooked politicians?)

  • Kenny Bryant

    love my country and I have supported and defended the Constitution and I have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and all that being said this is the worst idea ever. The citizens of Jackson County need another monument on the courthouse square like we need another hole in our heads. Jackson County has some of the worst roads in Northeast Alabama, and the school system lags behind their neighboring systems not to mention the rest of the state or the nation. How can any one justify spending money for another thing for the pigeons to poo on when these are two of many issue were that money would be better spent. This isn’t a battle for god and country;However, this is a good chance to practice common sense and physical responsibility with the tax payers money.

  • Nuclear Mike

    Many Families in Jackson County do not have even 3 meals a day to eat of nutritional food and the County wants more monuments???

  • only2

    Why not try a compromise of Jesus’ higher 2 commandments: Love God with all your heart, mind, & strength + Love your neighbor as yourself?

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