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Court of Appeals Okays Ten Commandments Display

Posted by ssbg on December 29, 2005

Yesterday afternoon we received word of a major victory in one of our Ten Commandments cases.   The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit unanimously affirmed the decision of a U.S. district court judge in Kentucky, upholding Mercer County, Kentucky’s inclusion of the Ten Commandments in the display of historical documents in the county courthouse.  The unanimous decision rejected the ACLU’s arguments that the display violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.  

In fact, in writing for the court, the circuit justice specifically rejected the ACLU’s claims, noting that the ACLU’s “repeated reference to the separation of church and state has grown tiresome.  The First Amendment does not demand a wall of separation between church and state.?  The court went on to say that a reasonable person viewing Mercer County’s display would appreciate “the role religion has played in our governmental institutions and finds it historically appropriate and traditionally acceptable for a state to include religious reference influences, even in the form of sacred text, in honoring American traditions.? 

This represents a huge victory for the people of Mercer County and Kentucky generally.  For far too long, these counties have been lectured like school children by those in the ACLU and elsewhere who claim to know what the people’s Constitution really means.  What the Sixth Circuit has said is that people have a better grasp on the real meaning of the Constitution than most courts do.  The court also recognized that the Constitution does not require that we strip the public square of all vestiges of religious heritage and traditions.  This is by far the most significant Ten Commandments victory since the Supreme Court’s decision to allow a display to stand in Texas.  In light of the decision of the Supreme Court striking down McCreary County’s display, which was identical to this one, this bodes well for us in future cases. 

Interestingly, the Sixth Circuit talked about the ACLU’s mission.  The court said that “the ACLU, an organization whose mission is to ensure that . . . the government is kept out of the religion business does not embody the reasonable person.?  It is quite likely that this case will be appealed to the Supreme Court of the United States.  We will keep everyone posted on information regarding this significant victory.  For more information, please visit




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