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08/24/03

South Mississippi Christians Talk About Alabama Religious Controversy

Despite all the protests and court orders, 5,300 pounds of controversy were still sitting in the Alabama Judicial Building on Sunday night. The statue featuring the Ten Commandments is drawing national attention from both supporters and critics of the marker and the judge who put it there. South Mississippi Christians are among those taking sides.

On Sunday morning faith was the sound of chidren's voices singing God's praises, but some Progressive Baptist Church members say if believers want to express their faith with a Ten Commandments statue like the one in Alabama then that's okay too.

Kenya Reece directs the choir. She said, [she doesn't] "understand it because the Bible says in the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. God created us. We are his people. So why would they want to take God out of the equation."

The Alabama judge who placed the Ten Commandments monument in his courthouse has no plans to follow a federal court order to remove it.

"The judge was wrong," said Edwina Ashwood. "How is he going to expect someone to follow what he does if he doesn't obey the law?"

The Bible teaches us to pray for leaders and for country and in times of despair the nation reaches to a higher power for comfort.

Reverend Ozell Addisson said, "There is a separation of church and state, that's just the way America is, but we should all keep God first. When 9-11 happened everybody wanted to pray. We should still call on God and we should still go to God."

Sunday was the youth choir's second birthday. Pastor Addisson believes the nations' children are watching what's going on and learning from what they see.

"What they would get out of this is to take a stand for God," said Addisson."Do not do it in a violent way, but take a stand for God."

Alabama state officials have not announced when or how they will move the statue or where the display will go.

by Danielle Thomas

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