Dispatches from the Creation Wars

The “Satanic Ten Commandments”

The Worldnutdaily has an amusing article about a Christian group trying to get a rather odd monument removed in Georgia.

A Christian organization is pressuring the community of Elberton, Ga., to tear down a massive, granite monument that lists an alternative set of Ten Commandments that the organization labels satanic.

The monument, known as the Georgia Guidestones, was built under a cloud of mystery in 1980. It lists 10 commandments in eight different languages, including a call to establish a new world language, limit human population to 500 million and avoid being “a cancer on the Earth.”

And here comes the first laugh line:

“We have atheists and Satanists getting the Bible’s Ten Commandments removed from public property,” said Mark Dice, spokesman for the group The Resistance, “yet the satanic Georgia Guidestones have stood for decades, and nobody seems to care. Well, we do.”

Ah, but there’s just one tiny little difference that Dice fails to mention: this monument is on private property. Doesn’t have a damn thing to do with the government. It was commissioned by a private individual and built on property owned by a private trust that he set up. Guess what that means? It means you don’t get to remove it no matter how much you’d like to.

The story of the stones really is kind of fascinating. No one knows the real identity of the person who put them up. The man who ordered them built and erected apparently called himself “R.C. Christian” but no one knows who that is. And some of the things on it are pretty stupid, like a call to keep the human population below 500 million (yeah, good luck with that one; let me know if I’m one of the 500 million who gets to kill off the other 6 billion people). But hey, since this is on private property it’s no one’s damn business what it says.