Monday, June 27, 2005

Courts Approve Ten Commandments In Some Cases

Finally, he courts came to a decision about the 10 Commandments issues. Their conclusion appears to be that as long as the monument is outside of the building itself, then the commandments are fine as a symbol of judicial history. However this was not a ruling soon enough to overturn the LA County ruling that determined the small cross in the county seal was too much of a religious symbol to be allowed.

This is the old seal

And this is the new one

This was what Chief Justice Rehnquist had to say about the whole ordeal. "Simply having religious content or promoting a message consistent with a religious doctrine does not run afoul of the Establishment clause."

Now if you don't believe that our founding fathers would have wanted those symbols there, then check this out.
"Meanwhile in Kentucky, two counties originally hung the copies of the Ten Commandments in their courthouses. After the ACLU filed suit, the counties modified their displays to add other documents demonstrating "America's Christian heritage," including the national motto of "In God We Trust" and a version of the Congressional Record declaring 1983 the "Year of the Bible.""