Posted by: pastordiehl   in Uncategorized

A few days ago some workmen removed a hundred-year old time capsule entombed in the limestone wall of the DeKalb County Courthouse. In that box were items placed there 100 years ago when the courthouse was first constructed. I was interested in the find since my great grandfather, Isaac M. Diehl, was one of the County Commissioners at the time.

They are getting ready to replace the time capsule with items of today to be sealed for the next 100 years. There will be business cards, papers, and even a CD from a Christian singing group. But no Bible. So, one of the area pastors purchased a new NIV Bible and went to the courthouse for approval to have it included.  Someone at the courthouse thought that since this was the 21st century maybe it would be more appropriate to include a copy of the Koran.

So, the pastor contacted me for approval to have the DeKalb County Ministerial Association (I’m currently the President) endorse having the NIV Bible included, thinking that might have more clout than just one pastor. Obviously, he got our vote. Great idea.

What do you think about including a copy of the Koran?

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2 comments so far

Dorla Clements

If there’s a DeKalb County Muslim who wants to include it, so be it. We shouldn’t include a Koran or not include the Bible just to be politically correct. The time capsule should be a representation of DeKalb County as we are at this time.

July 30th, 2011 at 4:18 pm
Adam Diehl

I agree with Dorla. Our constitution’s intending meaning is that Government will not respect one specific religion over another (not “not respect any religion”). So if we should put a Bible in the Time Capsul (and I agree we should), we cannot “not” allow the Koran.

However – we shouldn’t just put it in there to feel politically correct. If there’s a Muslim that wants it in there – let them bring it in. No sweat.

At the same time – If I were a county official in charge of the time capsule, I would also be put in a hard place by opening up that “door.” Where does it stop? Bible, Koran, Book of Mormon, a bookcase of Watchtower Magazines? If they allow one piece of religious literature they’d have to allow others by the same standards (if someone else follows the same rules). That could quickly turn into a nightmare for county officials and it certainly is EASIER to just say “no.” 🙁

August 3rd, 2011 at 4:46 pm

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