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06-27-2005, 07:21 AM
Supreme Court Rules, 5-4, That Such Religious Displays Violate the Separation of Church and State

The Associated Press
Monday, June 27, 2005; 10:11 AM

A split Supreme Court struck down Ten Commandments displays in courthouses Monday, ruling that two exhibits in Kentucky cross the line between separation of church and state because they promote a religious message.

The 5-4 decision was the first of two seeking to mediate the bitter culture war over religion's place in public life. In it, the court declined to prohibit all displays in court buildings or on government property. Justices left legal wiggle room, saying that some displays - like their own courtroom frieze - would be permissible if they're portrayed neutrally in order to honor the nation's legal history.

But framed copies in two Kentucky courthouses went too far in endorsing religion, the court held.

"The touchstone for our analysis is the principle that the First Amendment mandates government neutrality between religion and religion, and between religion and nonreligion," Justice David H. Souter wrote for the majority.

"When the government acts with the ostensible and predominant purpose of advancing religion, it violates tha central Establishment clause value of official religious neutrality," he said.

Souter was joined in his opinion by other members of the liberal bloc - Justices John Paul Stevens, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen G. Breyer, as well as Reagan appointee Sandra Day O'Connor, who provided the swing vote.

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06-27-2005, 07:19 PM
So,its one Nation under God,and In God we trust,and in every court room,there is a Bible,and when ever some fool gets sworn into political office,it is with one hand on the Bible. All that makes sence to me. There was a time when women could not testify,because they did not have testicles to swear on,and were considered the property of their husbands. Before there was a Bible,men held their balls,and swore to tell the truth. Would that be cool in Court today,or what. /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif