Monday, June 27, 2005

Thou shalt not have the Ten Commandments in Courthouses

WASHINGTON - In a narrowly drawn ruling, the Supreme Court struck down Ten Commandments displays in courthouses Monday, holding that two exhibits in Kentucky crossed the line between separation of church and state because they promoted a religious message.

The 5-4 decision, first of two seeking to mediate the bitter culture war over religion's place in public life, took a case-by-case approach to this vexing issue. In the decision, the court declined to prohibit all displays in court buildings or on government property.

The justices left themselves legal wiggle room on this issue, however, saying that some displays — like their own courtroom frieze — would be permissible if they're portrayed neutrally in order to honor the nation's legal history.

But framed copies in two Kentucky courthouses went too far in endorsing religion, the court held.


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2 Comments:

Blogger lemming said...

Remind me again why it's so important to post these everywhere - are Christians so likely to forget the 10 if not posted and easily reviewed everywhere they go?

June 27, 2005  
Blogger torporific said...

I wonder that as well. A lot of the homes in my little hometown have little political signs in their front yards with the ten commandments on them. I always joke with my mother and tell her that I am going to put a Bill of Rights sign in her yard.

June 27, 2005  

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