WAYNE COUNTY, N.C. — Displaying the Ten Commandments in public buildings has recently sparked heated debates. Some argue hanging the document in places like a courthouse violates the separation of church and state. A Wayne County church decided to publicly argue the other side. The result has become a very visual campaign across the community.
The signs in Jackie Floars' front yard show his support of the Ten Commandments.
"We hope that we can get across to our leaders of this country that it's right to keep the 10 commandments here," she said.
The idea came from Floars' church, Faith Free Will Baptist, in Goldsboro. When a judge ordered a monument of the Ten Commandments removed from the steps of an Alabama courthouse, the congregation was outraged. Church leaders decided to hand out signs of support.
"It's not enough just to believe in something, but it really is important to take a stand," said Lang Patrick, music minister at the church.
In the last two months, the signs have popped up all over Wayne County.
"I'm in favor of the Ten Commandments being in every public building. I can't see us being made to take them down," resident Rose Grant said.
Grant said many people passing by stop when they see her sign.
"I've had people ask me, 'Can I get a sign for them?' and I've told them, 'Yes.' she said.
The church has also received calls from many non-members requesting signs. So far, the church has handed out about 2,000 of the Ten Commandments signs and members said they are still getting requests to hand out more.
"It's very nice to see so many people decide to come on board with this," Patrick said.
"Our plan is to get the message out to others," Floars said.
Floars and others hope the strong show of support now will prevent any controversy over the Ten Commandments down the road.
The church said its campaign has even attracted support from many local politicians, including Goldsboro Mayor Al King and Congressman Walter B. Jones.