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Commandments Displays Roll to Victory in the Courts and the Legislatures
FL – Public displays of the Ten Commandments have enjoyed unprecedented
favor in both the courts and the legislatures since the two Ten Commandments
cases were argued at the Supreme Court last year.
Georgia Governor Sonny Purdue signed a bill that permits the display
of the Ten Commandments in public buildings. House Bill 941 says that
the “Foundations of American Law and Government” display
shall include: The Mayflower Compact, The Ten Commandments, the Declaration
of Independence, Magna Charta, Star-Spangled Banner, National Motto,
Preamble to the Georgia Constitution, the Bill of Rights and Lady
Justice. This is the same display that Liberty Counsel defended last
year before the High Court and the same display which was upheld by
two federal courts in the past several months.
Elkhart County, Indiana v. Books, the Seventh Circuit Court
of Appeals upheld the Foundations of American Law and Government display,
which Liberty Counsel defended. This Circuit governs IL, WI, and IN.
December 20, 2005, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in ACLU
of Kentucky v. Mercer County, Kentucky upheld the same Ten Commandments
display, which Liberty Counsel also defended. Yesterday, the Court
voted 19-5 to allow the ruling to stand. The Sixth Circuit governs
KY, OH, TN and MI.
Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a stand-alone Ten Commandments monument.
This Circuit governs AR, IA, MO, MN, NE, ND, and SD. On April 20,
2006, a federal district court in Toledo, Ohio, upheld a Ten Commandments
display, which had been on the courthouse lawn for 50 years.
10, 2006, Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher signed a bill allowing
the posting of the Ten Commandments.
the ACLU has not chosen to ask the Supreme Court to review these cases.
The obvious reason is that the ACLU no longer has a majority on the
D. Staver, President and General Counsel of Liberty Counsel, stated:
“The tide is turning against the ACLU’s war on the Ten
Commandments. The courts and history are working against the ACLU.”