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Bloomington bans Bible, but welcomes Buddha
WorldNetDaily.com ^ | October 19, 2007

Posted on 10/19/2007 3:35:41 AM PDT by Man50D

Buddha is welcome but the Bible is banned at the Bloomington, Ind., city hall after officials booted a display of the Ten Commandments erected by Christians wanting equal treatment with the Far East religion promoted by the Dalai Lama.

A WND request for comment from Mayor Mark Kruzan wasn't immediately returned but a team of Christians upset over the promotion of Buddhism told WND they are seeking legal advice about their next step.

The dispute arose over a display of religious statues of Buddha and other items, including religious cloth paintings, erected in the Bloomington City Hall to coincide with a coming visit of the Dalai Lama, Tibet's leader of Buddhism.

Amy Bernitt, one of the Christians who made arrangements for the Ten Commandments to be made available for a similar display about Christianity, told WND a few hours after the stone tablets were delivered for display in City Hall, "I got a very rude call from public works, telling us the Ten Commandments had been taken down and we need to come get them."

The tablets were delivered and set up by a volunteer team of Christians after city officials declined to respond to the group's multiple telephone and e-mail requests about the procedure used to erect the Buddhist display.

At the installation of the Christian symbol, according to the local Herald Times newspaper, Jim Billingsley read a statement explaining what was going on.

"These commandments are our symbol of peace, and we want to include them with the city's display to promote religious enlightenment. We want to be clear that we do not agree with the ideology of the Dalai Lama or Buddhist beliefs – we are Christians and believe in one God, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ," he said.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bloomington; buddha; dalailama; indiana; tencommandments

1 posted on 10/19/2007 3:35:43 AM PDT by Man50D
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To: Man50D

Idiots.
They must be drinking allll that corn!


2 posted on 10/19/2007 3:38:22 AM PDT by Flintlock (-)
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To: Man50D

why not call in the ACLU? don’t they safeguard our children from the evil influences of religion? \sarcasm.


3 posted on 10/19/2007 3:40:35 AM PDT by camle (keep your mind open and somebody will fill it full of something for you)
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To: Man50D
Were the Buddhist statues just put up temporarily to mark the visit, and then taken down?

If so, I don't see the need to constantly push for "equal time". So they marked the visit of a Buddhist, so what? The Ten Commandments are available all the time.

4 posted on 10/19/2007 3:40:47 AM PDT by Darkwolf377 (Pro-Life atheist Bostonian. If I don't respond it might be because you sent me something stupid)
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To: Man50D

Bloomington is home of Indiana university so not surprised.


5 posted on 10/19/2007 3:44:02 AM PDT by newfreep ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." - P.J. O'Rourke)
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To: Man50D

The last time I checked, the Buddhists were NOT chopping heads, or advocating my death.


6 posted on 10/19/2007 4:00:37 AM PDT by BuffaloJack (Before the government can give you a dollar it must first take it from another American)
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To: Man50D
More important than the religious aspect, is the fact that this display is not only going to antagonize
all of Christendom, it is going to outrage our best friends,

the Chinese Communists.

7 posted on 10/19/2007 4:50:03 AM PDT by trickyricky
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To: Darkwolf377
If City Hall is no place to display the Ten Commandments (though they are the bedrock of Western jurisprudence) because they are religious and that violates the alleged “separation of church and state,” then City Hall is no place to display any other religious items, whether temporary or not.

The issue is about fighting the ACLU and other groups who are not anti-religious, just anti-Christian and anti-anything that represents traditional American values.

The goal is equality.

I think that’s pretty noble. And I also think it’s far past the time we started fighting fire with fire.

8 posted on 10/19/2007 4:57:58 AM PDT by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Liberals are blind. They are the dupes of Leftists who know exactly what they're doing.)
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To: Man50D

The war on Christianity goes on. But there are valient Christians willing to fight the war now. Include me in that number.


9 posted on 10/19/2007 5:34:03 AM PDT by Bulldawg Fan (Victory is the last thing Murtha and his fellow Defeatists want.)
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To: Darkwolf377

The Ten Commandments are available all the time? Where? In the Bloomington City Hall?

The city is buying space in the magazine to extoll Buddism? Did they do that for Christianity? Judism?

Get a clue.


10 posted on 10/19/2007 5:38:20 AM PDT by Bulldawg Fan (Victory is the last thing Murtha and his fellow Defeatists want.)
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To: Man50D

I say this as a devout Christian, but I really don’t see what all the fuss is about. I don’t worship symbols or statues. More important than having a 10 Commandments statue is striving to OBEY the 10 Commandments on a daily basis.

What they say is more important than where they’re located, IMO.


11 posted on 10/19/2007 5:48:45 AM PDT by ItsOurTimeNow (FR Member ItsOurTimeNow: Declared Anathema by the Council of Trent)
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To: Man50D
The tablets were delivered and set up by a volunteer team of Christians after city officials declined to respond to the group's multiple telephone and e-mail requests about the procedure used to erect the Buddhist display.

Ah, the 'Ten Commandments' rapid response unit - men in SWAT gear dropping down ropes from a helicopter and installing tablets wherever there's a hint of another religion being visible to the public

Sorry, been watching too much '24' on DVD recently...
12 posted on 10/19/2007 6:05:17 AM PDT by StevieJ
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To: Darkwolf377
Were the Buddhist statues just put up temporarily to mark the visit, and then taken down?

If so, I don't see the need to constantly push for "equal time". So they marked the visit of a Buddhist, so what? The Ten Commandments are available all the time.

That's about what it sounds like form the article. The display was a temporary thing, set up to honor the Dalai Lama. Maybe if the Pope ever visits Bloomington, then they can advocate for a ten commandments display.

13 posted on 10/19/2007 6:11:53 AM PDT by CT-Freeper (Said the frequently disappointed but ever optimistic Mets fan)
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To: Man50D
Bloomington IN is testimony to economic ruin wrecked by liberals and socialists. I lived there from 1958 to 1976. In those years it was a vibrant town.

I go back to Bloomington once a year and see economic ruin, despite the fact that it is home to the state’s land grant university. GE has left, RCA has left; in fact any kind of industry in Bloomingtion packed up a long time ago, and now the city looks far worse-buildings and houses in disrepair. The only businesses are trendy coffee shops and restaurants on 4th st and other service oriented providers.

Its depressing there, and frankly I’m always glad to leave at the end of my visit.

14 posted on 10/19/2007 6:23:21 AM PDT by OldCorps
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To: Ghost of Philip Marlowe
I think that’s pretty noble. And I also think it’s far past the time we started fighting fire with fire

Ditto

15 posted on 10/19/2007 7:13:34 AM PDT by Taggart_D
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To: OldCorps

I’m about 50 miles southwest of there. I call it “The Peoples Republik of Bloomington”

It has been proported to have the highest per capita male homosexual population in the nation.


16 posted on 10/19/2007 7:29:32 AM PDT by wordsofearnest (Thompson-Hunter not Hunter Thompson.)
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To: Man50D

This is a town where smoking on the streets is BANNED, and will result in a fine..

A University town where liberalism has run amuk in recent years, as the non-university jobs all flee town...


17 posted on 10/19/2007 7:31:36 AM PDT by tcrlaf (You can lead a Liberal to LOGIC, but you can't make it THINK)
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To: OldCorps

“I go back to Bloomington once a year and see economic ruin”

It’s becoming a liberalized version of Muncie. Vast stretches of depressed areas surrounding a conclave of incredibly-paid state employees...


18 posted on 10/19/2007 7:33:26 AM PDT by tcrlaf (You can lead a Liberal to LOGIC, but you can't make it THINK)
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To: trickyricky

I don’t understand how the display antagonizes Christendom. It sounds like they put up the display to honor the Dahli Lama, who is a well known world figure. It is an honor to have someone of such world renown as a guest lecturer at a University.

Those who put the display of the ten commandments in front of the Buddhism display were IMO in the wrong. #1, they didn’t have any approval to set up a display at all. #2 they placed it directly in front of the display on Buddhism.

That kind of action reminds me of when my 4th grade son was running for student council and got caught taking down the posters for the other candidates and putting up his in their place. (He got in big trouble for that one) It is childish and immature.

If the Pope was visiting, I would hope that a display on Catholicism and the Vatican would be allowed. Buddhism is the most practiced religion in the world, and I don’t think that educating our citizens on the Dahli Lama and Buddhism is antagonistic at all.


19 posted on 10/19/2007 7:39:55 AM PDT by ga medic
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To: Man50D

We need a Second American Revolution while there is still an America left to save.


20 posted on 10/19/2007 7:43:15 AM PDT by ZULU (Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam. God, guts and guns made America great.)
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To: ItsOurTimeNow

“I say this as a devout Christian, but I really don’t see what all the fuss is about. I don’t worship symbols or statues. More important than having a 10 Commandments statue is striving to OBEY the 10 Commandments on a daily basis.”

Please don’t bring common sense to this discussion. Aren’t you aware that without the 10 Commandments there, people will see the display and start coverting to Buddhism en masse?


21 posted on 10/19/2007 7:48:45 AM PDT by gracesdad
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To: Man50D

Click Here to go to American Heritage Foundation Rock's Web Site

I was present at the unveiling of the American Heritage Foundation Rock in our county administration building. If you want to see how to legally display the 10 Commandments on government property, you may want to check out this LINK. This was installed on Sept. 11, 2003, (after the Judge Roy Moore problem), with a parking lot full of TV satellite trucks, reporters crawling over each other and overflow attendance. Yes, the ACLU was there, threatening to sue but there wasn't a peep out of them or the media because it can be done legally. Unfortunately, it probably can't be done with a Bible, only our founding documents which include religious references and the 10 Commandments. Good luck and God Bless.


22 posted on 10/19/2007 8:03:06 AM PDT by DocRock (All they that TAKE the sword shall perish with the sword. Matthew 26:52 Gun grabbers beware.)
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To: camle
why not call in the ACLU? don’t they safeguard our children from the evil influences of religion? \sarcasm.

Actually they've represented the civil liberties of Christians a lot. Believe it or not they're not just an anti-Christian cabal.

23 posted on 10/21/2007 9:10:48 AM PDT by mthornburg
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To: ItsOurTimeNow
I say this as a devout Christian, but I really don’t see what all the fuss is about. I don’t worship symbols or statues. More important than having a 10 Commandments statue is striving to OBEY the 10 Commandments on a daily basis.

You're missing the point here. The government entity here is apparently giving tacit approval of a faith other than Christianity. There have been similar incidents in government schools, where students were forced to live as Muslims, carrying out Muslim rituals, while being prohibited from expressing their Christian faith.

The creeping criminalization of Christianity is something that should concern you.

24 posted on 10/21/2007 9:28:19 AM PDT by stillonaroll (Rudy = Hillary: pro-abortion, pro-gay, anti-gun)
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To: stillonaroll

>>The creeping criminalization of Christianity is something that should concern you.<<

It doesn’t, because we’ve been warned to expect it (Mt. 5:10-12 & 10:16-39; 1 Cor 4:12, among others)

Rather, we should be concerned when men speak well of us (Luke 6:26).

Our answer is in the Spirit and Truth of Christ, not in a statue.


25 posted on 10/21/2007 9:57:52 AM PDT by ItsOurTimeNow (FR Member ItsOurTimeNow: Declared Anathema by the Council of Trent)
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To: OldCorps
Indiana University was established LONG BEFORE landgrant universities came along. You are thinking of Purdue University, in West Lafayette. That's a johnny-come-lately school dependent on public largess from its foundation.

My 5 or 6 times Great Grandfather George Dunn donated the IU campus out of his own property. Half the named streets in town were named after other of my relatives.

Are you sure you've ever been in Bloomington, Indiana?

26 posted on 10/21/2007 12:08:05 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: OldCorps
BTW, GE's gone, RCA is gone ~ done in by major changes in the world of electronics ~ recall that no one makes TV tubes anymore.

Stents are in ~ people in Bloomington manufacture them. The entire West side is new since the early 1990s ~ you might have missed that.

27 posted on 10/21/2007 12:10:01 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah
Indiana University was established LONG BEFORE landgrant universities came along. You are thinking of Purdue University, in West Lafayette. That's a johnny-come-lately school dependent on public largess from its foundation.

I don't know, or care, either way.

My 5 or 6 times Great Grandfather George Dunn donated the IU campus out of his own property.

Well, I had a Mr. Dunn who taught social studies at Central Jr. High, where Kroger's now stands. Are you him? Related? I liked and respected him.

Half the named streets in town were named after other of my relatives.

Lol, you might be overstating your importance a bit. Lessee, 1st st, 2nd st, 3rd st....17th st, Rogers, oh, how about Kirkwood? I do recall a Dunn st somewhere.

Are you sure you've ever been in Bloomington, Indiana?

Naw, I was only born and raised there, but I certainly feel no obligation to prove it to you.

28 posted on 10/21/2007 3:30:49 PM PDT by OldCorps
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To: OldCorps
One of the reasons for the establishment of the university in Bloomington was to make it easier for the locals to learn to read and write ~ so they could be good citizens.

Turns out I said "named streets" and you responded with an argument about the "numbered streets".

Apparantly they were wrong about the locals getting a chance to learn.

Regarding the various old families in Bloomington and that area, they're all pretty much covered in the family genealogical research we have. You checked out William Alexander named down there on the memorial at the Court House? He's a relative too ~ like my grandfather's grandfather.

And no, my surname is not Dunn!

29 posted on 10/21/2007 3:59:22 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Man50D

Welcome to what those of us in Indiana like to call The people Republic of Bloomington.


30 posted on 10/22/2007 6:15:14 AM PDT by Military family member (GO Colts!!)
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To: stillonaroll
The government entity here is apparently giving tacit approval of a faith other than Christianity.

That is the liberal argument against public display of the Ten Commandments. I didn't buy it in that case and I don't buy it in this one.

31 posted on 10/24/2007 11:30:51 AM PDT by TigersEye (This is the age of the death of reason.)
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