TEXAS: New Owner Of Dallas-Area Suburban Mall To Install Massive Ten Commandments Monuments

The Dallas Morning News reports:

The new owner of Vista Ridge Mall has lots of ideas to make the shopping center attractive to families and even to people who don’t care about shopping.

Odessa businessman John Bushman wants to turn the mall into a community space where people can find some “peace and love” in the Ten Commandments, hear some local musicians perform and take in a giant wave of a 30-by-60-foot American flag outside.

All of Bushman’s other businesses — hotels in Texas, Colorado and New Mexico, other shopping centers and a Chickn4U restaurant in Odessa — display the Ten Commandments engraved on 800-pound stone tablets. In Dallas, he owns the MCM Elegante Hotel & Suites on West Northwest Highway.

There was no question that the Ten Commandments would also become part of the common space in the newly renamed Music City Mall at Vista Ridge, Bushman said in an interview Thursday. Last month, Bushman’s ICA Properties paid $17.3 million in cash for the Lewisville mall and said it plans to spend another $3 million to $4 million on improvements.

More from Breitbart:

The monuments will be located in two locations in the mall. The main display, the eight-foot by five foot Ten Commandments tablets will be on the ground floor because of the weights of the monument. A second display consisting of two commandments will be on the second floor.

“We’re putting the two greatest commandments about loving the Lord and your neighbor on the second level because they weigh about a third of the 800-pound Ten Commandments,” the new mall owner explained.

Bushman joins other companies who incorporate their faith into their business marketing plans. A list of those companies include Interstate Batteries in Dallas, Hobby Lobby in Oklahoma City, and Chick-fil-A in Atlanta.

  • CPT_Doom

    Overcompensating much?

    • xbuzzerx

      Why the fuck do you care what women wear you fucking queen!

  • Sam_Handwich

    this should help cut down on all the ass coveting

    • BobSF_94117

      Ooooo, is there a petting zoo? I luv a petting zoo.

    • Chuck in NYC

      I always think of “peace and love” whenever I read a list of Thou Shalt Nots.

      • Harley

        Yea. My favorite commandment has always been “ Thou shalt not own a human as you would own a cow”.

  • Mark Née Fuzz

    M’eh, who cares?

    • Todd20036

      This is how Sharia law gets its foot in the door.

  • Robert Adams

    I suddenly realized that these Ten Commandment monuments are a direct violation of the First Commandment.

  • carrot festival

    He can get Roy Moore to cut the ribbon…Oh wait!…nevermind.

  • Frostbite

    I remember shopping in malls, back in the 80s.

  • vorpal

    This is the religious version of unsolicited dick pics.

  • Silver Badger

    It is private property. It is John Bushman’s right to to do so.

  • Mark

    Private property so he can do whatever he wants to do. that’ll certainly let people know to avoid the hypocrisy and hate.

  • June Gordon

    Christian Sharia Law!

  • Gross.

  • Girlgoon

    Oh shit I gotta boycott interstate batteries too ? !

  • UrsusArctos 🐻

    Mighty close to “worshiping” graven images. I wonder if the REAL Bible (King James version) says anything about that. /snark

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  • Sam_Handwich

    Will the mall be open on the sabbath?

  • Tawreos

    This is amazing, I had no idea that malls still existed.

    • Chuck in NYC

      If Sears closes down, as long rumored, it will take a bunch of malls along with it.

    • David L. Caster

      They seem to be closing and being knocked down to be redeveloped as something else.

  • Steve Smith

    I’m sure there are other places where normal people can shop. And a few carefully crafted window displays promoting diversity and inclusiveness by the shops in the mall will help to bring home the real meaning of the Ten Commandments. Unless Commandment 11 ” Thou shall not make cakes for homos” is to be included, of course.

  • bkmn

    Roy Moore just got a woody – Ten Commandment memorial and teenage girls all in one place.

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  • Dot Beech

    If you live in Texas, you have signed yourself up for this shit.

    Enjoy your obeisance, Texas.

  • shellback

    Sounds like someone is hiding something naughty behind smoke and mirrors.

  • GayOldLady

    Great idea. Keep them all together in one place that way the rest of us don’t have to go out of our way to avoid them because we know where they are.

  • Rex

    I guess if you’re running a retail establishment it’s always good to remind people that God doesn’t want you to steal. Of course, not having any other gods (like money) is a good reminder too.

    • I was wondering why he wouldn’t want to flaunt Matthew 6:24 . . .

  • zeroagent

    First of all…who shops at malls? Amazon is where the future is at, baby!

    And secondly, having lived in Dallas area, everyone knows that the place where it’s “happening” is NOT there. Northpark with it’s timeless eleganza artpieces and artwork, Dallas Galleria..heck, even Highland Park Village in Uptown… THAT’S where people go. Classy people. People with common know-how. What is this place of his…? “Never heard of it” is what people will shrug and say.

    This dude can piss away his Jeebus “seed” money. It ain’t gonna come back to him tenfold like those scamvangelist shysters proclaim on the television….


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    • TJay229

      I was JUST about to say the same thing.

      If you lived in Dallas, You went to Northpark or what’s the other one in Plano (Its been awhile since I’ve been there) where the other Neimans is… You didnt go to The Mall period, but if you had to, it wasn’t at a mall anchored by a Sears, JC Penny’s and Dillard’s.

      • William

        Dallas is a strange place. Parts of it are randomly dry (no alcohol served or sold). Go a half mile down the road and it’s bars aplenty.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      I don’t relish the cratering of working-class shopping.

      K-Mart used to anchor our downtown mall here. It wasn’t good for much, but if you needed underwear or a small appliance for a gift in a pinch, it was there. (Or, say, sheets because Lands End STILL has not delivered my “2-day” order, and I had to gift a mattress Monday morning…)

      In real life, emergencies happen.

      Like the larger economy, the middle has been hollowed out leaving just a very low and a very high end to physically occupy our common spaces. And the online life has its own barriers to entry: online access, credit card(s), someone to sign for something during working hours lest the private delivery company just leave $100 worth of goods on your front stoop….

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Amazon is where the future is at, baby!

      Wanted to put this in a separate post, but No. I’ve had Prime for years, and yet, for every last purchase, the carrier to be used is a surprise. Which is a PITA because non-USPS carriers can’t get in your building and will just leave stuff on the stoop.

      Their “Amazon Locker” system has solved many of my shipping problems, but unfortunately it’s so successful in this geographic area, there’s usually no room at the inn, or I’ve ordered something too big or heavy to qualify for Locker delivery. (I know, I know. White People problems.)

      Practically every delivery was fraught with some kind of drama for years.

      So, new policy: If they can’t get the merch to an Amazon locker or my USPS PO Box, I abandon the cart.

    • Chris Baker

      I need to see and try on clothes before I buy them. Feel the fabric. I’m not that great a fashionista, but I am particular about my clothes and colors and patterns and fabrics. Especially pants. One brand’s 34 waist is loose, the other’s is tight.

    • Vista-Cruiser

      Comment flagged for being disgusting.

      Go back and read it. It’s a toxic mix of Texan bragging and circuit party boy pettiness. It sounds like it could have been written by Donald J. Trump himself.

      Also, many of us don’t find anything “happening” or “classy” about Texas, let alone the malls there.

      • zeroagent

        Wait..you’re upset because of the wealth disparities posted of Texas? I simply stated other shopping options of the area, since I used to live there…

        However, since you do opine that it’s disgusting and lump that all Texans are the same (Which I am not…ha!) I’ll gladly rejoinder and and state that I think you’ve got a screw or two loose…

        Now..as those genteel folks in the South say with a smile to your face: Bless Your Heart!

  • Reality.Bites

    He has Sears, Penney and Macy’s as anchors?

    Actually I think he could use a few more prayer areas.

    • Librarykid

      Anchors in the sense that they weigh you down and keep you from moving i.e. impediments to progress

    • Piet

      Also Dillards. I’m surprised, too.

  • BeaverTales

    “Thou shalt not covet” is going to be a problem at a Mall.

    Best of all, “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy” will make the mall uncompetitive with other malls.

    • William

      Malls in Texas were closed on Sundays for decades.

      • BeaverTales

        They’ll probably try to bring back the Blue laws if this mall doesn’t do well against competitors.

    • Tawreos

      It doesn’t matter if anyone actually pays attention to the commandments only that they know this mall is more Jesusy than other malls.

    • SkokieGuy [ChicagoAdjacentGuy]

      It wold be a bad thing if a bunch of (sane) people picketed the mall on the sabbath and yelled “heathen” at all the shoppers.

      • ColdCountry

        Calling the WBC!

  • Todd20036

    This is private property. The federal government cannot take this down, but this mall will lose business from people who don’t need to see Christianity being forced on the masses.

    And yeah, that includes a lot of Christians who “get” it.

    • Randy Ellicott

      Well if you look at the anchor stores, he better be praying a lot if he wants to stay open…

  • William

    People still go to malls?

    • heh, you beat me to it. actually, in TX they do. bc of the heat. some folks can’t afford $400 ac bills and the mall is a nice, free, air conditioned place to hang out when it gets really bad down there. which is often.

      i want to say something positive about TX. when i lived there, i worked at a place with a lot of young people. for the most part? not racist, not homophobic, not religious, not into hating people in the name of ideology. i think the powerful xtians there are afraid. if gawd is so powerful and obvious he wouldn’t need all these reminders that humans must bow down before him. thanks to the internet and some other stuff, a lot of young americans in the south are coming to understand points like that, and act/believe accordingly.

      • William

        The last mall built around Austin is more than 20 years old now. It’s way up north, amid endless suburban hell. I’ve never been there. Everything built since then is strip centers. Even the fanciest new shopping/dining/living experience in town involves walking outdoors to go from store to store.

        • Avenger280

          I live in that “suburban hell” area of Austin, mostly because it’s the only place I could find an affordable apartment.

          • William

            I bailed out of Austin nearly 20 years ago. I went from seeing the Capitol from my front door to 1300 acres in Bastrop County. Now we have a house on two and a half acres that we own. It’s not in the middle of nowhere, but you can see it from here.

            There isn’t anything affordable anymore. We were lucky to get this house before the wildfires. Prices to buy out here skyrocketed after the fire. Rents are outrageous.

            One of my mother’s friends was looking at a house in Leander. Then she drove there on a week day. She ended up moving to Round Rock.

  • Tawreos

    Hopefully someone gets the urge to emulate the Blues Brothers and sends these monuments the same way as the one in Arkansas.

  • TexasBoy

    Odessa…likely a family who fortune started with oil. That area is known to spend a ton of money on most anything, like new super stadiums for high school football. and is very religiously conservative. They probably need the tax write off of a $$$ losing mall.

  • olandp

    I’ll bet he then claims it is a church to avoid property taxes.

  • Butch

    Anchored by two chains that may not survive the year and another two that are shaky. He’s obviously a brilliant businessman.

  • liondon#iamnotatraitor

    He owns a mall and this is what he’s putting up..”Thou shall not covet thy neighbors goods”…the lack of self awareness is astounding.

  • Malls are private property, so Bushman could install a Noah’s Ark petting zoo at his mall if he wanted. Considering that malls in general are often looking to repurpose, and considering that he may be about to lose two of his anchors (both Sears and JC Penney may not survive 2018), he might do well to look to convert the Sears and/or Penneys spaces to attract megachurch(es) as tenants.

    • Tawreos

      I like the idea of a church mall. All of the religions in one place so they can be sampled with convenience. I hope the atheist one has a bar.

      • Convert the food court into a communal “coffee hour” area – that might attract Unitarian Universalists . . . 🙂

        • dagobarbz, fine Italian shoes

          And a wine tasting room for followers of Dionysus…

        • Jamie_Johnson

          And repel the Mormons.

          • I guess the U/Us and Mormons would have to have separate Mall entrances . . .

      • You misspelled “the atheist one will have a bar”.

        • and a nice ganga selection.

          • dagobarbz, fine Italian shoes

            DIBS ON SNOOP DOGG! Oh, wait, you said ‘ganga,’ not ‘gangsta.’ Anyway;
            DIBS ON SNOOP DOGG!

      • SkokieGuy [ChicagoAdjacentGuy]

        The mall restrooms would be like the Eagle on a Saturday night. A doorman will be needed and lines a block long.

        • William

          Waaaay back, when I was around 12, I went to the restroom at the mall in Austin. There were about 15 or so Paul Lynde lookalikes, all standing at the sinks, washing their hands. I realized that something was a little off about the place, quickly peed and got out of there.

      • dagobarbz, fine Italian shoes

        Like Las Vegas without all the fun…

      • Xaca

        Think of the possibilities:
        Blue-Light Special Baptisms @ J-Mart.
        Sparkling Holy Water Fountains, full of pennies.
        Water-to-Wine Conversion Kits.
        Loaves-And-Fishes All-You-Care-To-Eat Buffet.
        Two-for-One Indulgences.
        Gift Cards for Marriage Annulments (for the passive-aggressive and hard-to-please mother-in-law).

        Miracle Whip: The Lard’s Own Mayonaise.

    • Gustav2

      Like minds.

    • William

      The local community college bought one of the big malls in Austin and is converting it to a campus. The last time I was in there before it closed, the few open stores were selling quinceanera dresses or used DVDs. All the anchors were long gone.

      • Gustav2

        One of the strip malls in our area became a for profit “college.”

        • Harley

          Which will eventually shut down mid semester with no refunds or credits.

          • William

            And thanks to Betsy DeVos, students still owe all that tuition to the failed fake college.

      • UrsusArctos 🐻

        Tulane opened a satellite campus in an unused segment of a mall here.

        • William

          The first place I ice skated was at a mall in New Orleans.

          • UrsusArctos 🐻

            Katrina got Lake Forest mall. It was a moldering corpse of what it started as when Katrina hit. Lakeside is going stronger than ever. The land is being re-developed, but as a couple of big box stores and some smaller shops.

          • William

            Going ice skating at the mall was one of the required activities when visiting our our cousins in New Orleans. It was a big disappointment sometime in the early 80s that the mall was getting rid of the ice rink.

      • ColdCountry

        Good idea!

    • perversatile

      I hope there’s room for mega cinema-plex showing
      nothing but Kirk Cameron movies on all 10 screens.

  • Gustav2

    Because the Law of the Lawd will save retail!!!!!!!11111!!!!!

    And more and more of the old shopping malls have become megachurches…this is just the first step!

  • Natty Enquirer

    It’s his mall. So what? Paint it mauve and serve Bakker Slop from carts if you like.

    • kanehau

      Nobody is saying he can’t do it. We’re just LOLing at him.

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  • John Davis

    Does anyone test the water people drink in Texas? I think that water makes Texans a bit crazy in the head when they have lots of money.

  • Gerry Fisher

    Yeah, you’re really being “loving” toward your (Muslim, atheist, Hindu, etc) neighbors, aren’t you?

    • Fake religions.

    • Silver Badger

      When you try to please everyone, you end up pleasing no one.

    • Chucktech

      They don’t want those people shopping in their white Jesus mall.

    • Chris Baker

      Actually, Catholics, Lutherans, other Protestants and Jews have slightly different opinions on how the commandments are interpreted and divided up. “The Catholic version omits the prohibition against graven image…” https://undergod.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=000824

      But most people who say the commandments should be put up in public probably can’t even list all of them. The commandments should be put up “for other people” is their thinking.

  • Daveed_WOW

    The Ten Commandments monuments across the country were a promotional stunt by Cecil B. DeMille to promote the film version of White Supremacy in the ancient world.


  • jo gerardo

    Tiffany will be at the Grand Opening Ceremonies, her performance will be recorded on VHS and for sale at your local Radio Shack.

    • kanehau

      “local Radio Shack”… which is scheduled to be closed early next year.

  • johncAtl

    A mall that has Sears and JCPenney as two of its four anchor stores is a dying mall.

    • zeroagent

      You took the words right out of my mouth!

    • UrsusArctos 🐻

      That mall will be down to Dollar Tree and cell phone kiosks before long.

      • Harley

        I haven’t been in a mall in years. Better to order online.

        • dagobarbz, fine Italian shoes

          Since you appear from your avatar to be a Neanderthal, it’s just as well. I’m not sure which bathroom they’d let you use!

          • Harley

            I beg your pardon. I am no Neanderthal. I’m a Homo Erectus, thank you very much. Neanderthal……

          • dagobarbz, fine Italian shoes

            Oh, sorry! Thought I recognized a distant relative there!

      • Stogiebear

        You can take that to the bank! My school is temporarily located in Valley View Mall here in Dallas. Most of the “Dollar Tree and kiosk” stores have moved from Valley View out to Vista Ridge Mall. (Luckily this is the last week we are in VV — moving this week into our new facilities.) Valley View is being demolished and Vista Ridge is probably 10 to 15 years behind. Even the prestigious Galleria Mall is taking hits.

      • Xaca

        And on to probation officer cubicles.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Guess the mall’s gonna need its own resurrection. Amirite?

      • Andymac3

        ooh great, I like a good magic show.

      • William

        We can place bets on the mall closing date.

    • Rambie

      Macy’s isn’t doing great either, they’ve been closing stores too. Not sure on Dillard’s but I can’t see them avoiding the same hurdles hitting other retailers.

    • Gay Fordham Prep Grad

      Nonetheless, it is private property, so if the Owner wants the 10C’s …no problem at all.

      • Jamie Brewer

        The downtown city cores the malls replaced were true public areas. The blandness of mall shopping has mercifully kept me away for decades. I will not miss them when they die off…

      • Andrew

        Totally. No one here is saying they can’t. We’re just making fun of em for it.

      • bkmn

        And by putting up the 10C’s they will drive off about 15-20% of their potential customers. Not sure if the tight fisted Christers will make up for that loss

    • bkmn

      If a dying mall is lucky Amazon will buy it and convert it into a regional distribution center.

  • Sam_Handwich


    The Virgin Mary statue will be lactating at Noon today, with additional shows at 3 and 6 pm.

    • kanehau

      Do they have shows for the lactose intolerant?

      • dagobarbz, fine Italian shoes

        Please direct your attention to the Weeping Madonna, who cries at 2 and 5 pm.

        • Harley

          And don’t miss Jesus riding a T-Rex next to the Sodom and Gomorrah fire pit. And the stoning. I love a good public stoning.

    • Chucktech

      They probably would whore out the BVM. Catholics have money, too.

    • Robincho

      Cleanup on Aisle Three…

    • Vista-Cruiser

      To most Texans, anyone who cares about the Virgin Mary isn’t a real Christian.

  • Puckfair52

    How does he Keep Holy the Sabbath at the Mall!
    Some Christians are funny!
    I was looking at the failed prophecies fro 2017 a Good topic for an article from the Slew of Various Prophets some sell DVD Books, CD’s, workbooks all have their I predicted these things claims but afterwards not so much.
    The Prophets in Ghana speak about local concerns & politicians I never heard of the ones in Nigeria the same SEEM prophecy is best served up with local flavors fro more listeners. Prophet Glenda Jackson said Obama would suspend the last elections & stay in office declare martial law. Mnn
    Jesus was a Jew I hope this Mall doesn’t serve milkshakes with their burgers.

  • Daveed_WOW

    Fits in perfectly with the Puritanical view that rich are so because God chose them for special blessings due to their ….whiteness?

  • R W C

    Just another Church of the Almighty Dollar

  • madknits

    I wonder which version he’ll go with, the ones found in Exodus or the ones found in Deuteronomy. They are slightly different. And the so called “two greatest commandments” aren’t actually part of the Decalogue, just a sort of addendum.

    I wonder if there are alternatives for shopping in this area, so one doesn’t have to see this bullshit.

    • margaretpoa

      I’m thinking he’ll go with the ten commandments found in Iminthemoney, aka The Rules of Acquisition.

    • Randolph Finder

      There are several slightly different versions in numbering. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten_Commandments for more information. But mostly the issue is in the USAthat if you write out the ten commandments, for the most part you’ve made the decision for which one it is for: the Jews, the Catholics, the Lutherans or the Anglicans.

  • Dan M

    Never eaten at Chikfila and never been to Hobby Lobby. Never used an interstate battery. Looks like I can add a mall to my list.

    • whollyfool

      I was at HL once before I knew their values. They don’t use computers. At the check out, or for inventory. At least they didn’t in Michigan about 5 years ago. The mind boggles.

  • He ought to hang a large version of Matthew 6:24 at every entrance:

    No man can work for two masters, for either he will hate one and will love the other, or he will honor one and the other he will ignore. You cannot work for God and for money.

    Or this from Dante’s Inferno, Canto III:

    Lasciate ogni speranza, voi ch’entrate
    Abandon all hope, ye who enter here

    • Dana Chilton

      “It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than it is for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.” Or maybe when the disciples are told to sell all their possessions… I’m not sure I remember a part that praises consumerism greed or covetousness.. but hey, if they build an idol… umm “monument”…to their god he will be appeased

    • Uncle Mark

      I was thinking about irony of having the 10 Commandments as the centerpiece in the temple that glorifies the golden calf

      • Bob Conti

        Or the Orange Shitgibbon.

    • Bob Conti

      Or, a little bit before at Matthew 6:5-8:

      5 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”

  • DreadPikathulhu

    It’s his mall so he can do what he wants, I just won’t set foot in the place.

    My partner doesn’t understand why I refuse to go to Chick-Fil-A or Hobby Lobby, even though I’ve tried to explain it; “you’re punishing the employees for something they have no control over.”

    • peterparker

      Your boyfriend must have a giant cock. That’s the only reason I can think of to stay with a guy who doesn’t understand boycotting Chick-Fil-A and Hobby Lobby.

      • Lumpy Gaga

        “Why are all the cute ones so corporate?”

        — Crow T. Robot

      • DreadPikathulhu

        He’s quite a bit younger and grew up after most of the major LGBT battles were won.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      No. Giving some random cashier grief for decisions made at the Home office would qualify for that. Not going is just… not going. and it’s the absolute best thing to do.

      Starve the beast.

      • Librarykid

        And you won’t have to worry about coming out of the place with your clothes and hair stinking of fried food.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      Does he support bakers who refuse to serve LGBT too?

  • Pohaku

    Hopefully they will have an asterisk next to ” thou shall not covet they neighbors wife” with
    *Teenage daughters of neighbors wives are exempt… grab them all you want, especially if they are still a vrigin

    • kanehau

      They have virgins in texas?

  • margaretpoa

    Well we know what somebody is doing with his enormous tax breaks.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Fuck the Hungry.

      • margaretpoa

        That’s the 11th commandment….

  • Sam_Handwich


    You’re all going to hell.

  • fuow

    Well, how else would the christers know which horrible things to do if you didn’t have an 800 lb rock everywhere to tell them to do the opposite?

  • Tomcat

    Now if only those so called christians would live by those ten commandments.
    I only live by one thing, THE GOLDEN RULE, and not the rich mans version.

    • kanehau

      Sprinkle on others as you would be sprinkled upon yourself?

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  • denbear00

    Every day at noon, Jesus shows up and kicks out all the money changers. Great show.

    • kat

      More likely Jeezus shows up hawking the cheap trinkets that the Christian rubes are so fond of. A 2000-year-old racket to fleece the stupid.

    • William

      Where are the money changers? Every once in a while, my friend in Germany sends a text “buy Euros now” or “buy Pounds now”. I have to remind him that there is no place to do that here. Some banks offer that service, but their fees are insane and eat the value of the sudden drop in exchange rate.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    When Fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.

    • it’s here. but you knew that.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      And a gift bag!!!

  • Bambino

    He can install that monument on his head, it’s still meaningless when he breaks one of more of the ten rules regularly.

  • Tomcat

    Texas people are soooo naive.

    • MBear

      *dangerously ignorant

  • Gigi

    The mall’s website says it’s open Sundays from 11:00 a.m – 6:00 p.m. The fourth commandment says, “Remember the Sabbath and keep it Holy.” The Bible says that anyone who works on the Sabbath should be killed (Exodus 31:15). What’s the point of posting the Ten Commandments if you’re not going to obey them?

    • edrex

      posting them absolves one of the need to follow them. only really, really good xtians take the brave stance to post them.

    • kanehau

      By posting them they are actually now a church and can receive tax breaks… and, of course, be open on Sunday.

    • MBear

      Nothing more holy than taking advantage of the super savings deals and then top it off with a tasty meal at the food court

  • penpal

    You cannot love Jesus and capitalistic consumerism at the same time. Jesus overturned tables in a rage where the worship of his father was being tainted by money. Not that faux christians give a shit about any of it.

    • Michael White

      And the early christian communities ‘shared all things in common”

  • Jack

    This and his other locations provide for interesting experiments. Particularly, in the malls, if there is a lower incidence of shoplifting, larceny, and pocket picking.

  • LeeCMH

    Moses coming down from the mountain:
    I bring you these 15, oye, 10 commandents.


    • in my top ten movies of all time, that one. i can quote almost all of it from memory.

      • LeeCMH

        Jeeeeeesus! What?

  • If only these fanatics would ACTUALLY FOLLOW the 10 commandments…love thy neighbor. Really. The conflation of fundamentalism and patriotism is a dangerous thing. Sorry…no humor in this comment.

    • Chris Baker

      Don’t be silly. The commandments are for others to follow. I’m a good enough Christian to know when you can fudge a little.

  • DisqusD37

    Shouldn’t people with a good heart and a pinch of decency not have to see them to follow them?

  • Adam Stevens

    The only people that go to malls anymore won’t even be able to see the monuments or climb the stairs to the second floor where all the jesus-wonder awaits them.

    Perhaps he should have just purchased Metamucil and printed the 10 Commandments on the label instead.

  • Mark McGovern

    Totally fine – he owns it; he can do what he pleases within the law.

  • William

    I looked it up, this mall is open on Sunday. Ha.

    Will the Ten Commandments monument be the same one placed near state capitols around the nation? They all look alike, despite being sponsored by different groups and being put up decades apart. Is there only one company cranking out these monuments?

  • LeeCMH

    The Christian Bible has more than one set of 10 commandments.

    Here’s an alternative. Probably not so relevant, but still a Biblical 10.

    EXODUS 34:12-27
    1. Take heed to thyself, lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land whither thou goest, lest it be for a snare in the midst of thee: But ye shall destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their groves:

    2. For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:

    3. Thou shalt make thee no molten gods.

    4. The feast of unleavened bread shalt thou keep. Seven days thou shalt eat unleavened bread, as I commanded thee, in the time of the month Abib.
    5. All that openeth the matrix is mine; and every firstling among thy cattle, whether ox or sheep, that is male.
    6. But the firstling of an ass thou shalt redeem with a lamb: and if thou redeem him not, then shalt thou break his neck.

    7. Six days thou shalt work, but on the seventh day thou shalt rest.
    8. And thou shalt observe the feast of weeks, of the firstfruits of wheat harvest.
    9. Thou shalt not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leaven; neither shall the sacrifice of the feast of the passover be left unto the morning.

    10. Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother’s milk.

    • gawd sure has food issues, doesn’t He? maybe He should see a therapist about that.

      • LeeCMH

        Yea. The hateful Christians don’t like to mention this set of 10 Biblical commandments.

      • Skeptical_Inquirer

        God seems to really love flatbread and BBQ. Other than grain, he’s a carnivore.

  • 2patricius2

    And there will be illustrations of each of the commandments. For example – for the commandments “thou shalt not commit commit adultery, thou shalt not steal, thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor, thou shalt not covet” they will have a giant statue of Drumpf and graven images of Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan and other Republican favorites, and a picture of the Fox New Station headquarters.

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  • Ninja0980

    Want to bet there will still be fights at the mall and stealing regardless of this stupid monument?

  • David Gervais

    I looked up the version he likely means.

    This god seems very self centred and insecure. When frustrated, he lashes out violently.
    There are still people like that in the world; he doesn’t seem any different than them.

    (Exodus 20:2-17 NKJV)
    1 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me.

    The next three are also narcissistic. ( highlights)
    2 “For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God,
    3 “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain,
    4 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.

    Then there six that are good advice for anyone to follow, four of them are really easy one-liners.
    You only have to follow this 60% of the list to be a better person than this “god” that supposedly wrote 100% of it and seems to live by none of them.

    • MBear

      Amazingly rape, slavery, and kiddie fucking didnt make this gods top ten list. What a dickbag

      • William

        No no, those things are fine. Remember to repent afterward.

  • Phil2u

    Dillards, Macys, Penneys, Sears…. I haven’t been inside one of those in a long time. I imagine the shops that knit them together are equally less interesting.

  • William

    This is part of a ‘rebranding’ of the mall, into Music City Mall. Rebranding is the first sign of desperation.


    “Lewisville has a chance to make a statement, and they are going to turn
    it into the Grand Ole Opry,” Slavens said. “And that is exactly the
    crowd that they are going to attract. Odessa is not like Lewisville in
    any way.”

  • Ben in Oakland

    If you wish to shove your religion in my face, don’t expect my business.

    Not that I have ever been outside of the airport in Dallas. Not that I would willingly return to Texas after my two weeks there.

  • Alan Scott Goeringer

    Welcome to the Buckle of the Bible Belt.

    • MBear

      Buckles are infinitely more useful than anything that includes the bible

  • Treant

    Sure, that’s fine; it’s a private business and I don’t care if they add a monument.

    But I’d never shop there.

  • Jamie Brewer

    I don’t feel guilty now shopping online at Amazon and E-bay.

  • Tomcat

    When one talks of god tending his flock, wouldn’t that mean you are ALL SHEEP?

    • Bj Lincoln

      Yes. That is where the term ‘sheeple’ came from.

  • Tom G

    Thankfully I don’t go to malls any more. Or Texas.

  • Ben in Oakland

    What was that little thing jesus had to say about wearing your religion on your sleeve so thAt everyone will know how holy you are?

    • Bj Lincoln

      The wife just saw your icon and loves it.

      • Ben in Oakland

        I thought it was adorable myself. It’s the anti trump: kittens!

  • Bert_Bauer

    Wow, investing in a mall? May as well pour some money into typewriter ribbons and adding machines while you’re at it.

    • kat

      Yeah, is JC Penney a big draw these days? Place sounds like a throwback to the 1970s. Penny’s, Sears, Dillard’s. Was HoJo’s and Steak & Ale already taken?

  • Tulle Christensen

    So the mall will be closed on Sunday, right? Or are the ten commandments for display purposes only?

  • LeeCMH

    Conflating commercialism and Jeeeeeeeeeeeeesus.

    Serrano: Piss Christ


    • Bj Lincoln

      It really is a beautiful image that could have only been taken in a fish tank of stale artists piss. People are so funny about some things but then I am an artist.

      • LeeCMH

        It is ironic the hateful Christians hate this piece.

        Serrano was protesting the commercialization of his Church. He bought a cheap plastic “tourist” Jeeeeeeeeeeesus to immerse.

        • Bj Lincoln

          Very true. Maybe they would have liked it if he spent money on a nice gold one instead? That would have changed the color and finish. The light brown matt finish of the plastic worked better.

  • Bj Lincoln

    I wonder if the stores will be allowed to carry mixed fabrics or if shrimp will be permitted in the food court?

    • LeeCMH

      No, no. The leisure suit is out. Be careful the elastic mixed into your socks.

      • Bj Lincoln

        No Tube socks! Well I’m not shopping there!

        • LeeCMH

          Lest your commit a mortal sin.

          • Bj Lincoln

            I would probably burst into flames just entering the place being a lesbian Pagan anyway.

  • Bomer

    Those poor persecuted Christians…having to hide their tablets like that instead of having them out in the open. /s

  • Rob NYNY

    Which of the Ten Commandments is about loving your neighbor?

    • Tor

      Right. I think that was jeebus.

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  • Snarky

    This mall has the saddest collection of stores. I never even knew that JC Penney operated salons. https://www.vistaridgemall.com/directory/

    Also, every photo of happy shoppers on the mall’s web site just shows white people. The kind of marketing that most places in the 21st century have moved past. But not in suburban Dallas!

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Fair enough, though I do have to ask, will the Malls be open on Sundays….because that’s going to be a problem.

    • LeeCMH

      4 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.

      • Mike C

        With a holy-lotta savings!

      • Tor

        Which is it? Saturday or Sunday?

        • LeeCMH

          You decide; since the calendar we use today was yet to be invented back in the 15 oy 10 commandment days.

      • The_Wretched

        You pretty much need a holy man to sort that out. Trying to go by reason fails as the calendars have changed over time. Time was time regardless.

  • roadtripboy

    We have a Megachurch here that bought a large white elephant site that has been vacant for years. Built their church on the backside of property and are currently building an open air shopping center in front of it. We’ll have to see how successful that will be. It’s going to have stores like Marshall’s and Michael’s.

  • JWC

    I have no problem with those that want to follow a path of their religion However I woudl use the say arguement that these people use towards the LGBTQ community They are tired of this community allegedly pushing their agenda in their faces constantly. Well is this not much the same What Hallabaloo would be raised if the PRIDE flag was raised it 2-3 places??

  • Ooooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhh, Bushman… He’s been making Odessalation tacky for decades.

    After acquiring the Permian Mall, he renamed it “Music City Mall” (because Odessa is known for music?!?!) and drove out a majority of the national brand-name stores for a sorry collection of local retail shops that specialize in… well… tacky. And yes, all of his properties feature YUGE Ten Commandments monuments.

    Because God is all about greedy capitalism…

    • William

      The Midland/Odessa airport took the Odessa name off of everything.

  • TheManicMechanic

    Sounds to me like religion is demonstrably a commercial enterprise and can now be taxed as such. Ah, for a better world….

  • Andymac3

    “Thou shalt not steal high value items that have electronic tags.”
    “Thou shalt wash your hands after using the bathroom”
    “Thou shalt not steal anything of value in Dollar Tree”

  • GanymedeRenard

    Inelegant and redundant. That’s all one can say.

  • dagobarbz, fine Italian shoes

    It’s private property, so I don’t give a damn. Nor would I shop there, but that’s another issue.

  • Spongebob CrankyPants

    Do people still go to malls?

  • Loving the Lord and Thy Neighbor are the two greatest commandments…above not murdering people?

  • It seems to me the Ten Commandments are about obedience. Did I miss something?

  • Raising_Rlyeh

    Nothing says love and comfort like “divine” commands that contradict the us constitution and limits religious freedom and speech.

  • Licensed Troll

    It’s private property, he can do whatever he likes. I wouldn’t shop there anymore but it is his property.

    • sandollar_man

      True but Mr. Bushman has a choice to make:
      1) Recognize that the 10th Commandment about coveting your neighbors wife, is sexist because it implies that only a woman is like property.
      2) Recognize that the Supreme Court ruled that a man can also be referred to as a wife, and so the 10th Commandment coincides with that Gay Marriage ruling.
      3) Ignore the contradiction, and continue to diminish any moral substance that the 10 Commandments might have had.

      • Ben in Oakland

        1. huh?
        2. No.
        3. the first five have nothing to do with morality, the last five very little.

        • sandollar_man

          Correct. Adultery has very little to do with morality. That’s why it’s no longer a civil crime in this country.
          Two of the 10 Commandments are written to prevent one man from stealing another man’s wife. But you can pretend that’s not sexist, if you want.

  • His putting it on private property with his own money? I don’t care. I will laugh, however, that there’s a sign that says “Thou shalt not covet” in a shopping mall.

    • sandollar_man

      I know. Bwa-ha. Coveting is not only the reason why advertising works, it’s also the essence of being a consumer in America.

  • RossPDX

    This is clearly a myth-appropriation of company funds.

  • anne marie in philly

    boycott that mall; asswipe.

  • KnownDonorDad

    Ye shall make you no idols nor graven image, neither rear you up a standing image, neither shall ye set up any image of stone in your land, to bow down unto it: for I am the LORD your God.
    -Leviticus 26:1

    • UrsusArctos 🐻

      They were too busy eating shrimp to read that part.

      • J Ascher

        While trying on mixed fabric garments! The horror!

    • Stogiebear

      The irony, it waxeth hot; yea, even unto conflagration. .

  • Lars Littlefield

    That’s too bad about Interstate Batteries. They make a really good car battery. 🙁

    • Friday

      Yeah… I’m running one of those, now. Honestly I’ve been using/recommending those for years, never once had any kind of Christian marketing shoved at me, never mind religious ‘commands.’ I could have sworn they cheesed off the hate groups for not being Christianist-only about the holidays or LGBT people or something, in fact. Anyway, they don’t seem to appear on the HRC index, so I’m curious what this article’s even referring to.

      Anyway, it sounds like most of you guys can afford Optimas anyway, (And for the lower end basics, Autozone’s sorted out previous quality issues pretty well since a few years ago, if you get at least the ‘Gold’ level of em.) but I’ll keep an ear to the ground. Usually I consider trying to use Christianity in marketing as either a sign I’d be treated badly as a customer and/or the company is trying to cover up for some kind of inferior product or service. Which wouldn’t seem too relevant here, since the products have a good reputation on the merits. If they’re just being Christians and not out to hurt anyone else about it, what’s wrong with that.

  • Mike Solo

    I grew up in Midland/Odessa…. and have seen the ten commandments at the MCM Elegante (where I’ve hooked up a few times…. but never stayed as its a gaudy mess) and the Music City Mall in Odessa. They are surrounded by a white picket fence and spotlights. Its beyond gauche

  • Snownova

    Fine, let them. It’s private property, and that is the whole difference, displaying religious propaganda on private grounds is fine, displaying them on PUBLIC ground is NOT.

  • juanjo54

    One thing is certain – there will be no mention of Leviticus 19 there, especially the parts about paying a worker a living wage, using honest business practices, and treating all people fairly and justly

  • Chris Gardner

    Reminds me of story of Marie Antoinette, Queen of France:

    People are starving? Let’s build them a 10 commandments monument!

    • Bryan

      That they may worshipfully fast and praise me all the more!

  • dempseyzdad

    It’s simple really…I won’t ever go to that mall, nor Hobby Lobby, Interstate Batteries or Chik-fil-A.

  • Jared

    The new mall owner should carefully review his existing commercial leases. They may give larger vendors such as anchor store tenants some ability to reject proposed “improvements” to the property. I mean, of course, improvements as a term of art. In the general sense, adding an 800 pound monument to praise psychic instructions from magical sky deities to a shopping mall may not be universally accepted as an “improvement.”

  • infmom

    No doubt that pesky business about not coveting will be chiseled out.

  • Friday

    Well, there’s no particular *legal* issues about it, so if they want to alienate non-Christian customers with religious ‘commands,’ I guess that’s their choice.

  • Tempus Fuggit

    Private business, private land, private decision, so ¯_(ツ)_/¯

    (Good to know Interstate Battery is to be added to my no-list)

  • Elaygee

    They should post another quote from the bible.
    “Then Jesus said to His disciples, “Truly I tell you, it is difficult for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
    Matthew 19

  • Glenn Gore

    That’s fine, nothing wrong with this. It is on private property, so they can put up as many Ten Commandments monuments they want to, but they still cannot put one up on the courthouse or capitol property because of separation of church and state. Any private citizen can put up a Ten Commandments monument in their front yard as long as the neighborhood association will allow it. Any church can put up one if they want to, as long as it’s on church property. But no one can put up one of these on public property, which is a good thing. We have no official religion in this country, as hard as it is for some people to accept, that is the law of the land, enshrined in the constitution they so fervently adhere to, or so they say.

  • Oh, Parker

    Wait, there are still shopping malls? Do people still go to them?

  • andrew

    If they’re honoring laws given to a mythical Moses by a mythical tribal god Yahweh, I think they should also put up monuments to the codes of Hammurabi and Draco. While they’re celebrating ancient mythology, a salute to the gods of Mount Olympus and a statue of the king of the gods Zeus seems more than appropriate.

  • Gianni

    Always deal with the really important stuff first. Install the monuments, then build the mall around them. That way, God can really give you the points you need to get your holy ass into heaven.

  • J Ascher

    I guess the guy hasn’t heard of lighter weight material than stone!

  • ‘Til Tuesday

    I assume the mall will be closed on the sabbath (Saturday), right? RIGHT?

  • TedBear

    Vista Ridge Mall is a shithole.
    The retail sea isn’t going to part and magically deliver profits/prophets to the middle class masses in Lewisville, TX, because a Pharisee installed the Ten Commandments in a shithole dead mall.

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  • animal

    One place I won’t be shopping at.