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Monday, June 27, 2005

Ten Commandments decisions

The Supreme Court today provided some guidance into when it is OK to display the Ten Commandments on government property (MSNBC, Findlaw):

A sharply divided Supreme Court on Monday upheld the constitutionality of displaying the Ten Commandments on government land, but drew the line on displays inside courthouses, saying they violated the doctrine of separation of church and state.

The high court said displays of the Ten Commandments — like their own courtroom frieze — are not inherently unconstitutional. But each exhibit demands scrutiny to determine whether it goes too far in amounting to a governmental promotion of religion, the court said in a case involving Kentucky courthouse exhibits.

I'll save you a giant writeup of this one and just ask -- what do you think?


  • Hi, Scott,

    Sounds like a pretty slippery slope to me. Who do they expect to perform said "scrutiny"? Under what conditions? What good is a protection that's implemented piecemeal?

    Obviously no one can do much about friezes that are literally carved in stone; they we crafted back when almost all Americans were in fact Christians. While Christians are still a majority, the whole point of constitutional govt is to protect the minorities, and when you have as many minorities of different faiths (or none) as the US now does, this decision makes no sense.

    I suspect the fundies would be as troubled by having Buddhist slogans or Koranic verses hanging in public places as many people have with the 10 Cs now, but they aren't willing to try thinking of others...

    By Blogger Jay Denari, at 6/28/2005 12:25:00 AM  

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