Full article posted because it is from a subscription site. Common Sense Should Drive Issue of Church and State By Glenn D. Toney for The Herald-Times May 28, 2005 The debate over the question of separation of church and state continues. As we remove God from the public sector, we need to consider some of the next phases. Do we destroy the Lincoln Memorial or sandblast away that portion set in stone that this nation under God, shall have a new birth of freedom ? Do we remove the 5.125- inch- high etchings from the cast aluminum cap atop the Washington Monument, Laus Deo, meaning Praise be to God. When folding the American flag, we will need to reduce the number of folds to 12. Fold number 13 represents our nations motto In God We Trust. The U.S. Supreme Court Building will need a facelift because 1) Moses statue holding a copy of the Ten Commandments is prominently displayed, 2) two huge interior oak doors have the Ten Commandments engraved thereon, and 3) the Ten Commandments are prominently displayed above where the justices sit. Do we sandblast or destroy local, state and federal buildings where many Bible verses are etched in stone? Pierre LEnfants layout of Washington, D.C. will need redesigning since, from atop the 555-foot Washington Monument, the cross, representing Christ, is readily seen as one looks toward the White House, Jefferson Memorial, the Capitol, and Lincoln Memorial. John Jay, the first U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice, stated, We have staked the whole of all our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government, upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God. Thomas Jefferson cautioned that judges in their courts of jurisdiction would overstep their authority, and instead of interpreting the law would make law, the rule of few over many. Statistics show that 92 percent of Americans believe in God; eight percent do not. Where do we draw the line? What is right, what is just? The logical solution to this quagmire is good common sense.