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States Supreme Court Announces Today That Ten Commandments Cases To Be Argued
On March 2, 2005
D.C. - Today, the United States Supreme Court announced that the Ten Commandments
cases will be argued on March 2, 2005 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. The Texas
case of Van Orden v. Perry will be heard first followed by the Kentucky
cases in McCreary County v. ACLU of Kentucky. Liberty Counsel represents
both McCreay and Pulaski Counties in the Kentucky cases. Mathew D. Staver,
President and General Counsel of Liberty Counsel, will present oral argument
on behalf of the Kentucky counties.
McCreary County case involves the Foundations of Law display in the McCreary
and Pulaski County courthouses which includes the Ten Commandments along
with nine other historical and legal documents contained in eleven equal-size
frames. The display is a sampling of some of the documents that influenced
American law and government. On December 8, Liberty Counsel filed a 50-page
brief with the Supreme Court. The ACLU's brief is due in early January and
Liberty Counsel's Reply Brief is due in late January or early February.
week, the United States of America filed an amicus brief in support of Liberty
Counsel's arguments in the McCreary County case. Twenty-one states have
also joined together to file amicus brief in support of the McCreary County
case. These states include: AL, FL, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, MN, MO,
MS, OH, OK, NM, PA, SC, TX, UT, VA, WI and WY.
stated, "We are very pleased that the United States of America and twenty-two
states have weighed in on our side. This broad-based show of support reveals
the broad impact a decision on the Ten Commandments will have on America
and our shared religious heritage. There is no question that the Ten Commandments
influenced our law and government. It is nonsense to suggest that public
acknowledgments of religion in general, or of the Ten Commandments in particular,
somehow establish a religion. To exclude the Ten Commandments from a display
on law would be like eliminating stars and stripes from the Flag."