To the editor:
I am perplexed by the issue of displaying the Ten Commandments. As I see it, by taking them away my rights are violated as well.
Why look at these principles as some enforcement of a certain religion? Is there something wrong with "Thou shalt not kill," "Thou shalt not steal," "Thou shalt not commit adultery" and the other seven listed? These basic laws of humanity shouldn't bother anyone with moral values no matter what form they are presented in. Because these principles have the word "God" attached, suddenly it's considered trying to enforce a certain religion on people.
Whether anyone believes in God or not is a personal choice. Government doesn't make anyone go to church or to pray. But we are all are expected to live respectably among one another, and the words of the Ten Commandments serve as a reminder. Should they not be displayed in our courts and government buildings for all people, especially those who have chosen to ignore these basic morals of life?
If I must live with the vulgarity that goes on in the world today and turn my head from the things I do not agree with because of basic rights -- which are, by the way, often considered God-given rights -- then the least anyone else can do is turn his head if he does not wish to see the Ten Commandments.
APRIL STOKER, Dexter, Mo.