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Friday, October 16, 2015

The Ten Commandments Reappear!

Benol hanging the Ten Injunctions
When Northampton County Council met on October 1, the wall behind Mat Benol was bare. He had been hanging a plaque containing the Ten Commandments before every meeting, but the lock was broken on the cabinet in which he stored the Decalogue. So he was unable to retrieve it.

This was the second plaque Benol had purchased at a cost of $100. The first one vanished sometime in August. Prior to that, a set of the Ten Commandments hammered into the wall by Ron Angle also mysteriously disappeared.

Fortunately for Benol, his plaque was still in the cabinet where the lock was broken off, and Council Clerk Linda Zembo retrieved and stored it for him at a secret location.

So prior to the October 15 meting, Benol hung the plaque on the wall. He took it down as soon as the meeting ended, but declines to reveal the sanctum sanctorum where he is storing the Law of Moses.

The mystery concerning a Ten Commandments plaque in Northampton County Council's chambers continues. This time, Council member Mat Benol is unable to get to it.

25 comments:

Ovem Lupo Commitere said...
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Ovem Lupo Commitere said...

Am I offended that he believes in the same commandments that I do? No. Do I believe that he needs to be so insecure in his personal faith that he should feel the need to make a public statement in his official capacity? No. Somehow Matthew 6: 1-4 comes to mind. Would I Feel offended If some one of a different faith background felt the same insecurities? Yes. Stop pandering Benol.

Ovem Lupo Commitere said...

Working from phone instead of computer. Some how accidentally posted twice above, so don't read into deleted comment.

CFS said...

When Jim Gregory becomes council President the secular sodomites will have much more than a plaque of the sacred commandments to kvetch about, there will be a great monument to our lord and savior made of the finest slate belt stone.

Anonymous said...

@ anon 1:40 PM

Jim Gregory can mine a great stone monument out of his great block-like cranium.

Anonymous said...

I thought These guys would have given it a rest when God reclaimed the first set from Ron Angle. Now he is really going to be pissed.

It is really sad that all this public pandering is so pervasive in modern government.

Anonymous said...

Maybe, instead of just displaying the commandments, some of these self proclaimed Christians could consider actually following them as an example. Just a thought.

Anonymous said...

Repent. Jesus is coming.

Ovem Lupo Commitere said...

Was going from memory last night.... actually verses 5-8 would be more appropriate, particularly 5.

Anonymous said...

BWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA! So he uses his Plaque to get attention and act like he is the ONLY Christian in office. He should get the TURKEY AWARD this Saturday for pandering. Anything for attention Mr. Benol?

Anonymous said...

Would you take it down for 30 pieces of silver Matt?

Anonymous said...

Matthew 6:5-8

Prayer
5 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.

6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.

8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

Anonymous said...

God promised Benol another "t" for his first name if he hung the plaque at every council meeting.

Ken Kraft said...

The pre-eminent purpose for posting the Ten Commandments on County Council walls is plainly religious in nature.
The Ten Commandments are undeniably a sacred text in the Jewish and Christian faiths, and no legislative recitation of a supposed secular purpose can blind us to that fact.
The Commandments do not confine themselves to arguably secular matters, such as honoring one's parents, killing or murder, adultery, stealing, false witness, and covetousness. Rather, the first part of the Commandments concerns the religious duties of believers: worshipping the Lord God alone, avoiding idolatry, not using the Lord's name in vain, and observing the Sabbath Day.

Ken Kraft said...

True religious liberty means freedom from having the government impose the religion of the majority on all citizens. It is precisely this point that advocates of posting the Ten Commandments are missing.

Unknown said...

The mayor of Allentown is a graduate of Moody
Bible Collage.

Charlie Sch said...

A few years ago, Chester County had a historic plaque with the 10 commandments on the front of their courthouse. During a federal court challenge, they were told they had to cover it up with a drape. Someone kept stealing the drape, so they had to put up security cameras to protect the covering.

Anonymous said...

If Mr. Benol needs to be constantly reminded of the ten commandments, maybe he should wear that plaque around his neck with a chain.

Anonymous said...

Love it! Just like Flavor Flav of Public Enemy. Time for Mat (that's with one "t" dammit) to get his gansta' on!

Anonymous said...

Sanctimonious pinhead.
Publicity pimp.
Fool.

Anonymous said...

Warning: DO NOT DRINK THE KOOL-ADE!

Anonymous said...

Wonder if anyone will put a copy of the Koran in the room?

Anonymous said...

I am donating my model of the Ark of the Covenant. It will look marvelous in the chambers.

Anonymous said...

First of all, the dude was supposed to be a libertarian at one point and now he's a proponent of theocracy?

Second, the council is not a courtroom where the commandments might have some bit of relevance in an abstract way since all the of the real, non-religious, commandments have been codified into law.

What a douche.

Anonymous said...

Who the HELL cares. Does anybody have a life anymore besides bickering over 10 Commandments. Geeze.