U.S. Supreme Court Will Not Hear Case on Ten Commandments Display

Feb 22, 2011


Today the U.S. Supreme Court decided not to hear a Ten Commandments case that was previously argued at the High Court in 2005, involving the “Foundations of American Law and Government” display (Foundations Display). The Foundations Display includes the Ten Commandments on two county courthouse walls in McCreary and Pulaski Counties in Kentucky. The original lawsuit was filed by the ACLU in 1999. 

This allows conflicting rulings at the appeals court level to stand, three of which have allowed the Foundations Display and the Sixth Circuit ruling, which has refused it. The instant case turned, not on the Foundations Display itself (which courts have upheld as Constitutional), but on the motive for erecting the display. If the motive is religious, the display is suspect, but if the motive is secular or the government officials are silent, then the display has been upheld. This silly distinction makes no constitutional sense.

The Ten Commandments have influenced American law and government and may be displayed in a court of law. At some point the Supreme Court will have to issue a clear ruling that frees judges and lawmakers from the Establishment Clause purgatory created by its confusing rulings. 

Read our News Release for more details.

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