Skip To Content
JEWISH. INDEPENDENT. NONPROFIT.

Support the Forward

Funded by readers like you DonateSubscribe
Fast Forward

Massive Ten Commandments Get A Pass From Protesters At Dallas Mall

An 800-pound granite slab engraved with the Ten Commandments placed in a mall outside Dallas is being mostly left alone by protesters, the Religion News Service reported. In fact, it’s a big hit with the mall’s loyal customers.

Music City Mall, a privately owned shopping center in Lewisville, Texas, has two granite slaves with biblical messages. The inside slab has the Ten Commandments. A smaller slab that greets shoppers outside the door has what the mall’s owner considers to be the two most important messages of Jesus Christ: “Thou shalt love the Lord” and “Love thy neighbor.”

“We’re not trying to make a statement or create a controversy,” said Richard Morton, the mall’s general manager. He added that the monuments are meant to show the mall owner’s “belief system, and he is not afraid to share it.”

Owner John Bushman has a small empire of hotels and restaurants around Texas, Colorado and New Mexico. Several of them contain similar odes to the tablets of Moses.

Bushman has said he wants the mall to be “a community space.” Because it is privately owned, it is not subject to laws upholding the separation of church and state.

Contact Ari Feldman at [email protected] or on Twitter @aefeldman

Engage

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.