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10 Commandments proposal would be a costly venture

July 14, 2012
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

To the editor:

The local NBC affiliate found it necessary this week to provide a platform for Cape Coral resident Dick Kalfus to once again announce his push to post the Ten Commandments in a public city building, despite the clear history that such actions are unconstitutional.

This isn't new for Mr. Kalfus, who was denied the same request about two years ago even though the previous Council possessed greater support for Mr. Kalfus's request. In November of 2010 Mr. Kalfus prodded City Council for the same request, even using false "wiki-blurbs" to support his unconstitutional cause. He stated at the time that the Ten Commandments were inscribed on the doors and walls of the U.S. Supreme Court building but those statements are not quite true. With a little real research one will find that inscribed on the lower portion of the doors to the courthouse in Washington D. C. are depictions of two tablets with Roman Numerals from I to V and VI to X with nothing written about the content. Some scholars have suggested the numerals represent the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution and not any reference to a religion.

As to the frieze displayed on the wall inside the courthouse a letter in the U.S. Supreme Court archives from the designer of the frieze, Adolph Weinman states the two tablets in his frieze are depictions of the Bill of Rights.

Dick Kalfus seems to either not know how to or not care about researching his statements for factual background before posting them. Here is some factual background for Mr. Kalfus and the mayor before anything is put before the public at Council.

In June of 2005 the U.S. Supreme Court on two Ten Commandments cases from two counties in Kentucky. In its opinion the court, in a split decision ruled that the Ten Commandments were posted in two Kentucky county courthouses with the unconstitutional purposes of favoring monotheistic religions. At the same time the court opined that a stone monument on the grounds of the State Capital in Austin, Texas was appropriate because it was one part of a larger group of monuments with historical and educational meanings. Justice Stephen G. Beyer noted that the Texas monument has stood for some 40 years without complaint while the Kentucky cases have been in litigation since their initial installation some six years earlier (Washington Post)

In September 2011 one of the Kentucky counties took out a loan to pay their half of the more than $460,000 penalty, while the other county has yet to decide how they will pay their share.

If Mr. Kalfus's request is given any false chance of success to be placed in a Cape Coral City building, then how much is the City Council prepared to pay for the follies of Dick Kalfus?

My own Christian Faith is in no way diminished because the Ten Commandments aren't posted in the city building but I pray for the shallowness of Mr. Kalfus's own faith if it is based upon this desire of his.

D.A. Kenney

Cape Coral



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