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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Can a Judge Edit the Ten Commandments?

Can a judge edit the Ten Commandments, reducing the Ten Commandments to Six Commandments? U.S. District Judge Michael Urbanski thinks he can. Last year, one parent objected to the Ten Commandments being posted in a Virginia public high school as part of a huge collage of documents famous in America's political and legal heritage, including the Magna Carta, the Declaration of Independence, and the Bill of Rights. This one parent objector had lined up the support of the usual suspects, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Freedom from Religion Foundation. Those organizations are always ready to take a case to try to get some judge to ban any public mention of religion.

When the dispute first erupted, the school board removed the Ten Commandments. But after vigorous complaints from the public, the board voted 3 to 2 to reinstate the Ten Commandments, and the dispute came into Judge Urbanski's court. During the oral argument about this case, there was a lot of discussion about the motives of the members of the school board that ordered the historic documents posted. Did the members of the school board have any religious thoughts when they voted? Judge Urbanski ordered the two sides to engage in mediation, and he suggested that they consider scrapping the first four Commandments and posting only the final six Commandments.

Hanging over this case is the threat that the county faces the prospect of having to pay huge legal bills of the ACLU. The ACLU uses these anti-Ten Commandments cases as fundraisers because, when they win a case, the ACLU can collect its legal fees from the losing side. In a similar case, two rural counties in Kentucky were stuck with a $450,000 bill. There seems to be no end to the antagonism of some people against religion, and I assume this will not be the last Ten Commandments case.

Listen to the radio commentary here:


Woody Pfister said...

I believe Mark Levin refers to this group as the American Criminal Liberties Union.

Woody Pfister said...

I believe Mark Levin refers to this group as the American Criminal Liberties Union.

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