Appeal Weighs Constitutionality Of Ten Commandments Displays

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.

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  • by To curious on Oct 22, 2009 at 04:26 AM
    I think we are in hell now.
  • by Curious Location: Martin County on Oct 22, 2009 at 02:13 AM
    The best I can tell is that the Ten Commandments apply to all religions. They don't single out any one group and exclude another. They are the foundation of all laws in this country. If people would live by them, we wouldn't need the other billion or so laws on the books now would we. The foundations and beliefs of the people of the USA is what made it so strong. If we continue to turn away from these, we will fall. Remember: United we stand / Divided we fall. Religion will never be 'separated' from state because it is so much an important part of all of our lives and affects everyone's decisions in some way or another. If people continue to try and change the foundations of America, eventually the right to 'freedom of religion' will lost along with so many others. Wake up people! Stop the CHANGE! Before we all wake in Hell.
  • by Mom Location: NC on Oct 21, 2009 at 05:08 PM
    Just let obamanation find out. He will shut it down like he did by telling all military that they are NOT allowed to speak at Christian events. THIS IS YOUR PRESIDENT. THE ONE THAT CLAIMS TO BE A CHRISTIAN! My son is a soldier and he nor his family appreciates it. STILL PROUD OF YOUR PRESIDENT? obama has also canceled National Day of Prayer while the Muslim Day of Prayer still exists!!!!! HE IS A BIG LIAR!!!
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Oct 21, 2009 at 04:54 PM
    If I were a real believer of Catholic, Baptist or Islamic faith and I were elected to the senate, just how would I separate church from state? The ACLU is just blowing smoke with the help of our judges.
  • by can't leave it alone Location: eastern nc on Oct 21, 2009 at 01:47 PM
    wow!! so much time,energy, and court time(which is $$$$ from taxpayers) takin up on this matter but this is the USA wake up america these were here before all of us were even thought of!!!! leave them be they are here if you don't believe in them don't read them the courts are wasting our money--money we don't have!!!! no wonder the economy is down LOOK where the money is wasted!!!!! if you do your research you will find out our forefathers/mothers came over here to have freedom to believe in GOD and worship!!!! these were even on EARTH before that ---Moses was here before the great flood----HELLO PEOPLE
  • by Jesus on Oct 21, 2009 at 11:13 AM
    I think our forefathers would be very disapointed in what a greedy nation we have become. We have watered down religion so much that we don't know what our forefathers believed. We want our cake and be able to eat it to. The word is simple. LIVE FOR THE GLORY OF GOD. Most of us live for the glory of thyself.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Oct 21, 2009 at 09:47 AM
    Well, I hear this reference to separation of church and state blown out of context, as justification of other religions. Well, Thomas Jefferson was responding to a letter that said they wanted America to be a Baptist country. Jefferson was saying "that there would be no offical religion" in that regard. He was aware of Catholic, Jews, and a mulitple protestant religions. So, it was the bible that all of them took their oath of office, not the Koran. If you do not like that, do as Iron Head implys or don't look at it. In the meantime, when children are impressionable, let them share the "general" religion prayers just like our forefathers.
  • by To mr snake oil on Oct 21, 2009 at 06:23 AM
    I think that you missed my point. I'm just saying that most so called relegious people havn't even read the bible, much less pratice it. It's more of a social club. If I was basing my eternity on it I think I would at least read it. They also pick out the parts that fit them and the rest they chalk up to "I'm only flesh and blood and no one is whithout sin. etc...." Most people know right from wrong and choose to do what they feel like. I think that a true christian is suppose to live for the glory of God. I just don,t see it happening.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Oct 21, 2009 at 05:20 AM
    Barlow and Ank, I think Ironhead was referring to you guys getting out. We all know you do not believe in god and that is your choice. Those that do believe, do not hound you or force anything on you. I am sure it bothers you when you see "In God We Trust" or "I swear" while touching a bible. While this country was for feedom of religion, it was the Judeo Christians religion. Research it. This religion "civilized" most of Europe and the US, South America.....getting me liberal guys, denial is a terrible thing on your part.
  • by To Iron head on Oct 21, 2009 at 05:08 AM
    This country was founded by killing and taking the indians land. This country was found by pretending that black people are not human, all in the name of relegion. Most of these relegious people are hiporcrits. They do what they want and hide behind the bible. If God is watching, He is going to punish most of us.
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