Editorial | Commandments myth
Jan 19, 2010 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: The Courier-Journal
A great myth that has been a basis for the endless postings of the Ten Commandments in public buildings is that the Decalogue as delivered to Moses constitutes the bedrock of American law.
Ky. Ten Commandments display upheld
A display of the Ten Commandments at an eastern Kentucky courthouse does not violate the Constitution.
The Ten Commandments display at the Rowan County Fiscal Court, part of an exhibit on the foundations of American law and government, "does not have the effect of endorsing religion," U.S. District Judge Karl Forester said in a ruling released Wednesday.
The American Civil Liberties Union sued Rowan County in 2001, and its Ten Commandments display was replaced by one that also includes the Declaration of Independence, the Magna Carta, the Bill of Rights and other items on law and government.
Mathew Staver, founder of Liberty Counsel, a conservative legal defense organization, called Forester's Wednesday ruling part of a trend.
"The tide is turning against the ACLU's war on the Ten Commandments," Staver said in a statement.
David Friedman, general counsel for ACLU of Kentucky, said county officials' real goal is to display the Ten Commandments, but it was difficult to prove that a religious display is "what they really care about."
The Ten Commandments truly are the foundation of law in free societies. Only tyrannies have denied the existence of the higher, divine law.
Here is a radio message on the Ten Commandments I did in 2002:
A boy asked his father for a dollar to go and see Charlton Heston in "The Ten Commandments." The father only had fifty cents, so he told his son to go and see the first five commandments and then leave the cinema!
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