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Toppled 10 Commandments monument is rededicated

Tuesday - 10/29/2013, 9:20pm  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A stone monument of the Ten Commandments that was vandalized last month across from the U.S. Supreme Court has been restored and rededicated.

A ceremony was held Tuesday in front of the headquarters of Faith and Action, a Christian outreach ministry.

The Rev. Rob Schenck (shank), who heads the organization, said the restored monument is once again angled so that justices arriving at the high court can see what he called "the most universal of all basic ethical codes."

Congressman Joe Wilson, R-S.C., told the gathering that last month's toppling of the Ten Commandments by two men seen by security cameras was "gruesomely symbolic" evidence that "we are in a culture war." No arrests have been made.

Orthodox priest Alexander Webster said if the biblical moral code is abandoned, "no civilization, including ours in America in the 21st Century, can stand for long."

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253-a-13-(The Rev. Alexander Webster, an Orthodox priest, at rededication of Ten Commandments monument)-"stand for long"-The Rev. Alexander Webster, an Orthodox priest, says the Ten Commandments aren't divine suggestions. (29 Oct 2013)

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249-w-32-(Steve Coleman, AP religion editor, with Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., and the Rev. Rob Schenck, president of Faith and Action)--A stone monument of the Ten Commandments that was vandalized last month across from the U.S. Supreme Court has been restored and rededicated. AP Religion Editor Steve Coleman reports. (29 Oct 2013)

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251-a-06-(Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., at rededication of Ten Commandments monument)-"of the monument"-South Carolina Congressman Joe Wilson says last month's toppling of the Ten Commandments monument was disturbing. ((cut used in wrap)) (29 Oct 2013)

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250-a-07-(The Rev. Rob Schenck (shank), president of Faith and Action, at rededication of Ten Commandments monument)-"basic ethical codes"-The Rev. Rob Schenck, president of Faith and Action, says it's appropriate that the Ten Commandments face the Supreme Court building. (29 Oct 2013)

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252-a-10-(The Rev. Harry Thomas, board member of Faith and Action, at rededication of Ten Commandments monument)-"to our leaders"-The Rev. Harry Thomas, a board member of Faith and Action, prays that the Ten Commandments will be seen and appreciated. (29 Oct 2013)

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