Editor’s note: This is in response to the article “‘God’s Laws’ plaque is back” published in the April 4 edition.

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The citizens of Hibbing do not have to cower to the “Freedom From Religion Foundation” (FFRF) that called for removal of the “God’s Law” plaque in public display in the courthouse, which has been there for 50 years.

God’s Laws were placed there so all are reminded that the Highest Authority endorses the purest laws, intended for society’s best functionality and good.

America’s judicial system was established with the 10 Commandments as the basis for a peaceable society, which is why they were intentionally publicly presented.

The “laws and norms” have not “developed” since the plaque was installed, but rather have “devolved,” since people have distanced themselves from God’s laws. The litany of county convictions recorded in the paper testifies to that reality.

Our Creator lovingly gave humanity high standards to live by to ensure civility and respect. When His rules are met, that’s what we get. But when the dictates of a Holy God are ignored, anarchy and evil triumph.

“But we know that the law is good, if a man uses it lawfully, knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, for fornicators, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine, according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God ... “ [I Timothy 1:8-/1 ]. Our accountability is to God, first.

In Cloquet this year, the city council voted to keep their 10 Commandment monument at its long time location, rejecting the FFRF’s bullying tactics. Our County commissioner should follow that better decision for our city, allowing a vote on the plaque’s return to its original location in the courthouse, re: Minnesota law: Article XII, section 2, 4, and 5; Special Legislation, in a “Home Rule Chapter.”

The FFRF are bullies. Hibbing, St. Louis County, are we really not going to stand up to them? The history of the Range is not one of cowardice and apathy.

The expression, “If you won’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything” applies here. If the bulk of society won’t support The Righteous Standard, what then will fill the void?

America is experiencing the results: arbitrary and capricious behavior and rulings. They are ruining our society.

We appeal and challenge the Commissioner and Council to put back the plaque back in its honored place where it belongs.

Hibbing residents:

Nona Lendacky

Shari Baratto

Pat Louzensky

Sue Johnson

Diane Anderson

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