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Ten Commandments Displayed In Georgia Courthouse

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) _ The Dougherty County judicial building will
soon display the Ten Commandments and other historical documents
after a unanimous vote yesterday by the county commission.

The display features a series of nine wood-framed documents from
U-S and Georgia history. It includes the Mayflower Compact, the
Declaration of Independence, the Georgia Constitution and the words
to the "Star-Spangled Banner.''

Two Albany churches and other residents donated the $900 dollars
to buy the display.

Dougherty County is perhaps the state's biggest county to put up
one of the displays and it could draw a protest from local American
Civil Liberties Union activists. The A-C-L-U has fought displays in
other counties.

State lawmakers approved a law last year allowing such displays
after a controversy over the posting of the commandments at the
Barrow County Courthouse. A federal judge ordered the display be
taken down after a court battle.

Joe Carr -- a pastor of First Baptist Church in nearby Putney --
said -- quote -- "What better place to see these documents
displayed than in the places that impact our laws?''


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