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03/02/05

South Mississippi Residents Support Ten Commandments

The United States Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday and is expected to rule this summer on a controversial case involving public display of the ten commandments.

The high court will decide if ten commandment exhibits on government property are allowed under the constitution.

As you might expect, many people in South Mississippi support displaying the ten commandments on public property. We found some are taking that support a step further; posting their own ten commandment displays.

"And we just happened to notice a neighbor with one in the yard. And we liked it. And we liked what it said and what it stood for," said Long Beach resident Brenda Trehern.

The ten commandments display in Trehern's yard is one of three such signs in her Long Beach neighborhood.

"There's not a lot of things left in this world you can do on your own property even. But you can do that. She says such displays on private, and public property, are a positive influence.

"I'm proud of what the words say. The meaning behind them. Every bit of it. And I'm proud of the influence I think it has in the neighborhood. Because we've had many new neighbors move into the community that have stopped and read it," Trehern said.

A recent public opinion poll shows strong support for allowing ten commandment displays on government property. An Associated Press survey just last month found 76 percent of Americans support such displays.

David Skinner's First Presbyterian Church in Biloxi hosted a traveling exhibit of the ten commandment monument that caused such a controversy at the Alabama state capital. He says the public display question is symptomatic of a larger issue.

"And that is the removal of God himself. Or the attempted removal of God himself, 'cause you can't remove God, from His creation. But it's the attempted removal of God from public," said Pastor Skinner.

The high court is expected to issue its ruling on the controversy sometime this summer.

By Steve Phillips

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