Only 22 Days Left Before Our Ten Commandments Case Is Heard By the United States Supreme Court

Feb 8, 2005

On March 2, Mat Staver will appear before the Supreme Court to argue in favor of government acknowledgment of religion on public property. As we mentioned yesterday, we are in the crucial writing phase of the Reply Brief.

Numerous organizations have written amicus briefs in support of our position in the case of McCreary County v. ACLU of Kentucky. Amicus ("friend of the court") briefs are written by nonparties and should focus on specific issues to provide information not covered in depth by the parties' briefs. One compelling amicus brief, written by the American Legion, points out that "religious imagery is an important part of American military culture." An adverse ruling in McCreary could require the removal of religious symbols from the thousands of war memorials on public property. The American Legion brief pleads: "Those who came before died for a reason. It is not sufficient to cast their sacrifice upon a trash heap of history by refusing to give eternal significance to the brutality inflicted by war upon generations."

Amazingly, a few courts have already ordered the removal of crosses from war memorials. Thousands of Americans who paid the ultimate sacrifice for the freedom we enjoy do not deserve to have their memorials desecrated. If the ACLU's arguments are accepted, war memorials could be sandblasted until no trace of religion remained. The Arlington National Cemetery could be stripped of the white crosses which symbolize sacrifice, honor, and patriotism to so many. The "Tomb of the Unknowns" would no longer read "Here Rests In Honored Glory An American Soldier Known But to God."

Your prayers and support are crucial for the outcome of this case. Please consider becoming a "Defend The Ten" prayer partner. It costs nothing but time spent in prayer. Go to, click on "BECOME A DEFEND THE TEN PRAYER PARTNER" and make a commitment to lift this case up in prayer.

Today please pray for:

  • Wisdom and guidance for the Supreme Court Justices and their law clerks;
  • Physical strength and health for our legal team.

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