.. thanks for addressing most of my questions ..<quoted text>
Because they are laws that embody both religious and moral obligations. Everyone in America feels the tug of morality and religion is some way. They are a bedrock foundation.
They're the Ten Commandments.
As a reminder of public faith and trust.
Because we're alarmed at the accelerating rate of crime and immorality in the nation.
I'm not upset.
A reminder of our greatest obligation - the worship only God.
What about them? They've become American phrases that the majority of Americans value.
No it wouldn't.
Just like a Santa Claus at a courthouse won't make you a follower of Santa.
Now if the government tried to mandate a Christian belief system and try to force everyone to live a Christian life, that would violate all freedom of religions rights.
Placing a Ten Commandments plaque at a court or school doesn't force anyone to do anything.
.. the 1st Commandment is the edict of an Abrahamic God, instructs people to follow no other God and orders the Sabbath be kept holy ..
.. it does not allow for the beliefs or non-beliefs of others including Hindus, African Diasporics, Buddhists, Aborigines, Gnostics or atheists and is extrinsic to the application of law ..
.. if placed on the wall of a federal judicial system grounded in law, it endorses and promotes the Abrahamic God ..
.. our forefathers could not foresee the growth of atheism in America. When the morphology of society changes, laws must change ..
.. "a reminder of our greatest obligation - the worship (of) God?" No, that is not my greatest obligation, nor do I think it your's. Presently, I think your greatest obligation is to provide your children with a roof over their heads, food on the table, clothes on their backs and mature guidance ..