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Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Supreme Court Ducks Ruling on Ten Commandments

The ACLU and atheistic organizations are continuing their campaign to banish every sign of religion from public life, especially displays of the Ten Commandments. In 2005, two Ten Commandments cases reached the U.S. Supreme Court, and the justices split on the rulings. The Ten Commandments display in Texas was judged to be OK by a 5-to-4 decision, and the Ten Commandments display in Kentucky was banned by a 5-to-4 decision because the justices thought the motive in hanging it was religious, so they ruled that motive violated the First Amendment. This silly distinction makes no constitutional sense. It's also ridiculous because there is a mural on the wall of the Supreme Court showing Moses holding the Ten Commandments tablets.

The good people in Kentucky tried again to post the Ten Commandments by displaying it in a large exhibition of American historic documents. But the ACLU and various atheistic organizations have not given up their campaign against religion. Appellate court decisions were contradictory, and one court ordered two southern Kentucky counties, two of the poorest counties in Kentucky, to pay $400,000 to the ACLU for its legal fees in this case.

The Kentucky case came back to the Supreme Court this year, and people were hoping we would get a clear decision on whether we can display the Ten Commandments. To everyone's surprise, the Supreme Court refused to take the case. The Supreme Court apparently couldn't bring itself to make a definitive ruling and sent the case back to the lower court for a trial. I suppose that means the lower court must probe deeply into the motives of the people who hung the Ten Commandments to find out if -- horrors -- anybody possibly had a religious motive. No doubt the ACLU will continue its vendetta against the Ten Commandments and more cases will be winding their way through the courts.

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Further Reading: Ten Commandments

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