Religious leaders from around the country are calling for an emergency summit on the public display of the Ten Commandments in the wake of recent court decisions in Montgomery, Ala. and Adams County, Ohio.
This Friday, representatives of the National Clergy Council will travel to rural
Adams County, Ohio, where a federal judge on Tuesday ordered the removal of Ten Commandments monuments from the front lawns of five public schools. They will meet with community leaders and with Rep. Rob Portman.
The Adams County decision followed immediately an order of the Federal Court for the Middle District of Alabama ordering Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore to remove a monument of the Ten Commandments from his Supreme Court building.
Rev. Rob Schenck, president of the National Clergy Council, is founder of the National Ten Commandments Project, which has distributed hundreds of stone artwork tablets of the Ten Commandments to elected and appointed officials on Capitol Hill and around the nation for display in their public offices.
Their most recent presentation was to President Bush at the White House. The leaders of Congress also display them and the National Clergy Council displays a giant two-story banner of the Commandments on the front of its headquarters immediately across the street from the U.S. Supreme Court and visible to the justices as they come and go from the court each day.
Schenck is a personal friend and advisor to Chief Justice Moore and was present for the installation of the monument in Montgomery. He also advises the leaders of the Adams County for the Ten Commandments Committee. He is the author of The Ten Words That Will Change America: The Ten Commandments (Albury Publishing).