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Bill would display commandments, constitution at capital

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VIDALIA, GA (WTOC) -

State representative Greg Morris announced he'll introduce a bill to the Georgia General Assembly that calls for a display of the Ten Commandments, as well as the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution, outside the state capital.

Morris, a Republican who's represented the Vidalia area since 1999, told WTOC the proposed display would be in addition to a display that was added inside the capital in 2012.

He said the commandments represent the guidelines used by those who founded the nation and the state.

"There are those who think all references to religion should be erased. I reject that," he said. "I realize our country has been moving in that direction for some time, but I think it's time that we fight back."

In Vidalia, opinions of those approached by WTOC were supportive.

"I have no problem with a display of the Ten Commandments anywhere," said Bob Stembridge. "If you're bothered by them, don't read them or look at them."

"I believe everything in the Ten Commandments," added Sandra Baker.

Morris said his proposal calls for the display to go on the western exterior of the capital. That's where a statue of former lawmaker Tom Watson was removed last month.

Morris said the display, if approved, would likely not be installed until 2015 after a massive repair project fixes crumbling pavement around the capital.

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