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Monday, June 27, 2005

Ten Commandments wrap up 

Decisions for the two Supreme Court Ten Commandments cases were handed down this morning.

Previous posts I've made on the cases, and the Ten Commandments in general:

My thoughts on the Kentucky case: "Self-evident does not mean founded upon the ten commandments". How to constitutionally display the Ten Commandments in the Kentucky courthouses.

Thoughts on the Fist Amendment and Van Orden v Perry, the ridiculous Texas case in which the state argued that the Ten Commandments monument is constitutional, because the Ten Commandments are primarily secular in nature. Arguing that way means one would have to argue that the miniature Statue of Liberty on the same grounds primarily represents something other than liberty.

An interview I conducted on separation of church and state with James Madison, the author of the First Amendment. How to channel James Madison in a webboard discussion, including an example.

Musings concerning comments made by Jane Right-wing Christian to a Kentucky TV station.

Listing of Presidents since Washington, ranked by number of references made to a deity in State of the Union addresses.

Kurt Vonnegut asks why right-wingers never fight to display the Beatitudes in courthouses,

... Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God ...

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Comments:

About fighting to display the Beatitudes, you do realize that the Ten Commandments have been displayed for years in courtrooms, so its not like there's a fight to start displaying them? And some of our laws do kinda sound similar to the Ten Commandments, too. :-)
"you do realize that the Ten Commandments have been displayed for years in courtrooms, so its not like there's a fight to start displaying them?",

Yeah, that's what Sean Hannity says, but he's an idiot and a liar.

Care to try to figure out which courthouses displayed what ten commandments?

And some of our laws do kinda sound similar to the Ten Commandments, too. :-)

Which ten commandments? 6, 8 and 9 of the Protestant Ten Commandments and 5, 7 and 8 of the Catholic version are similar to laws we have in our society, but the Israel hardly invented laws against murder, theft and perjury.
Doesn't your last paragraph prove that the Ten Commandments does not in fact then have anything to do with a specific religion, and so is not infringing on the Establishment Clause at all?
They're promoting the Protestant commandments. The state of Texas is putting the power and prestige of government behind the idea that Catholics shouldn't make statues of the Virgin Mary ... and Hindus need to junk their Goneshes and get with the program and and worship the LORD because he is a jealous god.

 

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