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Monday, June 27, 2005

Displaying the Ten Commandments - The U.S. Supreme Court Decision

So the Supreme Court issued its decision on the displaying of the Ten Commandments.

Now this is a major case - If the Supreme Court shoots down all displays of the 10 commandments it is a major blow for organized religion in this nation.

Well they split on the cases.

Apparently from now on it is OK to have it on the property just not IN the buildings!

Here is how they voted:

Texas state capitol display:

Yes to display - Rehnquist, Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas, Breyer.

No to display - Stevens, Ginsburg, O'Connor, Souter.


Kentucky supreme court display:

No to display - Souter, Stevens, O'Connor, Ginsburg, Breyer.

Yes to display - Rehnquist, Scalia, Thomas, Kennedy.

The display at the Texas State Capitol was OUTSIDE the courthouse - it was just on the property of the Courthouse. This is apparently ok.

The Kentucky Supreme Court had it displayed INSIDE the courthouse. Apparently this is not ok.

What a unique balance the Supreme Court always seems to reach on these touchy issues.


  • At 8:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Just a minor clarification - the issue wasn't exactly inside vs. outside, although that was the situation in these two locations. The reason the court split was because one was recently tacked up in a KY courthouse and the other was a 44 year old monument which is part of a display that includes other historical monuments and statues. KY was too far over the church/state line, but TX has had this monument for almost half a century with no objection. The interesting fact to me was that the judge that flipped (voted against the KY display and for the TX display) was Breyer - one of the consistently liberal voices on the bench.

  • At 2:53 AM, Blogger Matthew said…

    The inside vs outside comment was just a simplification and was not meant to completely define the cases...

    but thanks for the clarification :)


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