Earlier today the US Supreme upheld the constitutionality of displaying the Ten Commandments outside of a courthouse, while they ruled that it is
unconstitutional to display The Ten Commandments inside a courthouse saying they violated the doctrine of separation of church and state.
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.
Sending dual signals in ruling on this issue for the first time in a quarter-century, the high court said that 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.
In effect, the court said it was taking the position that issues of Ten Commandments displays in courthouses should be resolved on a case-by-case
In that 5-4 ruling and another decision involving the positioning of a 6-foot granite monument of the Ten Commandments on the grounds of the Texas
capitol, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor was the swing vote. The second ruling, likewise, was by a 5-4 margin.
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Statues like this that were removed in Alabama and other states, can now take their place back in front of our courthouses.
While I am sure not everyone will be happy with this decision, one way to look at it is a win for both sides, at least one can walk up to a courthouse
and see them before entering and that to me is a positive thing. I also agree on the case by case basis for displays inside a courthouse, although I
am positive that groups such as the ACLU will not like either decision.
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