Displaying The Ten Commandments

A fight continues to rage over the display of the Ten Commandments in courthouses.


A fight continues to rage over the display of the Ten Commandments in courthouses.

An attorney for two Kentucky counties says courthouse displays of the Ten Commandments are for educational and historical purposes.

The new argument in the 10-year dispute follows a 2005 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the displays in McCreary and Pulaski counties had a predominantly religious purpose. However, the court also ruled that religious materials are allowed as part of an educational or historical display.

The counties' lawyer on Tuesday told a panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati that the new displays satisfy the high court's requirement. They focus on foundations of American law and government, and includes plaques featuring the Bill of Rights and the words to the "Star-Spangled Banner."

But the American Civil Liberties Union says the counties are still trying to promote religion.

What do you think?  Should the Ten Commandments be allowed to be displayed in courthouses?  Does such a display promote religion?  Does it matter?

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  • by debra on Nov 16, 2009 at 06:53 AM
    I dont understand "why" the nonbelievers get so bent out of shape over the Ten Commandments in the first place. If you don't believe...simply walk past them. Why does it bother you so? Or does it bother you b/c deep down you know us "Bible Thumpers" are right?? Nobody is FORCING you to live right and believe...the Ten Commandments are just quietly sitting there. Maybe it's your own convictions eating at you ??? Think about it!
  • by Are You Sure on Nov 12, 2009 at 06:17 PM
    Why would you want to question God? He's the one who made your life possible, and you're trying to take away his commandments? If you don't want to follow the commandments, then, I'm sorry. I will get my blessing. For those believers of Christ, I am so proud of you for being able to stand up for your beliefs.
  • by Debbie on Nov 7, 2009 at 09:26 AM
    You know that even if you take God out of the 10 commandments, They would still be good rules to live by. What many want is to destroy the USA. You are either for America and God or against. So much hate. I see the people trying to take out God and the ten Commandments as untrustworthy. Would you trust someone who finds fault with the ten commandments?
  • by Gator Location: NC on Nov 3, 2009 at 05:22 PM
    All I can say is WOW!, first off, the Ten Commandments are not Christian, they are Jewish. Second, this means that the Jews are hated by the ACLU and atheist. Sounds like a hate crime to me.
  • by Chan'Nan Location: North Carolina on Oct 30, 2009 at 03:34 AM
    You cannot ask God to bless America, or schools, or our court systems when you are trying so had to take him out of everything. The Laws of the land were intended to be goverened by the laws of God. The law is for the lawless and unrighteousness. If you do not want the ten commandments in the courthouse which are some of the laws, then why are they continuing to swear in on the bible .Swearing on the bible will not make someone tell the truth. A guilty person swears on the bible and knows in his heart that he is guilty be swears he is innocent. If you don't want God on our money stop asking him to bless the finances, if you don't want prayer in school, stop wondering why there are so much chaos there.Leave the 10 Commandments on the wall. God will not go where he is not invited. Stop asking him to bless when you don't want him apart of anything.
  • by debbie Location: kinston on Oct 29, 2009 at 07:29 AM
    WOW...all I can say..is I feel sorry for the nonbelievers....and time will tell if us "Bible Thumpers" are right or not. What if we are ?? Ever thought of it that way?
  • by Jon Location: US on Oct 27, 2009 at 06:51 PM
    Go ahead, Mr. President. Sign the "hate" bill. By doing so you will help to fulfill the predicted repeat of the "days of Lot" in Luke 17 - days which today seem anxious to outperform their ancient counterparts! You have already been helping to fulfill the predicted repeat of the "days of Noah" in the same chapter - that is, violence towards the unborn which presently is matching, if not surpassing, the violence that forced God in Genesis 6 to announce that He would soon destroy everyone except Noah and his family. Mr. President, by helping to fulfill both of the above "days" you will discover that God has His Almighty veto over what you say and do!
  • by Mr. Me on Oct 27, 2009 at 07:53 AM
    The 10 commandments are a lie that holy rolling hypocrites believe.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 26, 2009 at 08:07 AM
    Nathan from Eastern NC - I do NOT hate anybody, but I hate sin. I hate abortion. I hate alcohol. I hate cigarettes. I hate gambling. I hate dancing. I hate pornography. I hate corruption. God hates all these things and the Bible teaches you and me to hate them as well. I am only hating what God hates... SIN. Notice that I never one time said I hate anyone. Rather, I listed sinful things... not people. It is a sin to hate people.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 26, 2009 at 06:49 AM
    More bible thumping paranoia from those who think they are the choosen few of a supreme being that does not exist. Put the science fiction books down and face reality for once.
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