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God in the Halls of Government - Does Separation of State and Church really Exist? God in the Halls of Government - Does Separation of State and Church really Exist? Presentation Transcript

  • God in the Halls of Government
  • The trip to Washington D.C. began with a belief that there was a wall of separation between State and Church, but we found religion everywhere
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  • Inside a Senator’s Office
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  • U.S. CAPITOL House of Representative Marble Relief Portrait The head of Moses, is located directly opposite The Speaker's Chair
  • The relief portraits In the House of Representatives not only include Moses but also…
    • George Mason
    • Robert Joseph Pothier
    • Jean Baptiste Colbert
    • Edward I
    • Alfonso X
    • Pope Gregory IX
    • Saint Louis
    • Justinian I
    • Lycurgus
    • Hammurabi
    • Moses
    • Solon
    • Papinian
    • Gaius
    • Maimonides
    • Suleiman the Magnificent
    • Pope Innocent III
    • Simon de Montfort
    • Hugo Grotius
    • Napoleon I
    • Thomas Jefferson
  • INNOCENT III
    • Decreed the Fourth Crusade of 1198
    • Kings and princes derive authority from him. God gave Peter’s successors the task of “ruling the whole world.”
  • In 1239 Pope Gregory IX ordered the Talmud and other religious books burned A 15th century painting by Pedro Berruguete
  • Statuary Hall, Old House of Representatives Chamber Jesuit Father James Marquette
  • East Pediment of the Supreme Court shows Moses bearing the two tablets with the 10 Commandments
  • As you enter the Supreme Court courtroom, the two huge oak doors have the Ten Commandments engraved on each lower portion of each door.
  • A marble frieze on the Chamber on the upper walls shows Moses holding a copy of the tablets on which the Ten Commandments are written.
  • The founder of Islam, Muhammad is also in a government building, the U.S. Supreme Court
  • Moses with the Ten Commandments in the rotunda of the Library of Congress A phrase from Lord Tennyson in the rotunda
  • The National Archive has a bronze medallion of the Ten Commandments at the entrance, surrounded by four winged figures representing Legislation, Justice, History, and War and Defense,
  • On the aluminum cap (the east face) atop the Washington Monument are two words: Laus Deo.
  • A memorial plaque (among the more than 100) from the Free Press Methodist Episcopal Church inside the Washington Monument Search the Scriptures
  • An excerpt from Abraham Lincoln's second inaugural speech carved into the interior of the Lincoln Memorial
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  • U.S. Senate Dirksen Office Building Bronze Plaque With The Motto "IN GOD WE TRUST" The building was opened on October 15, 1958
  • Admiral David Farragut’s Bible
  • Washington Keeling at Valley Forge
  • The First U.S. Coin Having The National Motto "IN GOD WE TRUST" 1864 Two Cent Coin
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  • Hindu prayer in U.S. Senate by Hindu clergyman Rajan Zed
  • What’s All the Fuss About ?
  • Whose Ten Commandments ? In the Butler Catechism, verses eight through ten are simply left out. This version omits the prohibition against graven images.
  • Ten Commandments in Court Houses Ten Commandments in Schools Bible Reading in Schools Creationism Taught Nativity Scenes on Public Property DOES NOT THE U S GOVERNMENT ALREADY DISPLAY RELIGIOUS SYMBOLS ? What’s All the Fuss About ?
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  • State Church