Ohioan Eliot Kalman intention was good but his actions in protesting an obvious church and state violation was wrong. Kalman put large stickers over a church directory in a county courthouse. While law breaking can sometimes help draw attention to civil rights violations, vandalism is almost never a good way to protest. Damaging property doesn’t win you any friends and makes the people who are the target of the protest more defensive. Continue reading →
When will believers get the message. A Ten Commandments monument on or in a court house violates the 1st amendment. On July 15th a Federal judge reminded us all when he ruled against Dixie County Florida. Continue reading →
Appeals court ruled that putting 10 Commandments in a display with other secular items doesn’t take away the religious nature of the commandments.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A split federal appeals court upheld a ban on the Ten Commandments in a display that included multiple religious and government documents at two southern Kentucky courthouses.
The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati ruled Wednesday in a 2-1 vote that the permanent injunction barring McCreary and Pulaski counties from posting the display can remain in place. The ruling comes in a long-running legal battle that reached the U.S. Supreme Court in 2005.
Along with the Ten Commandments, the displays, called the “Foundations of Law and Government,” included the Bill of Rights, Magna Carta and Star Spangled Banner.
Judge Eric Clay wrote that the two counties could not provide a “valid secular purpose” for the display.
This was a basic argument by religious right extremists. If you include the 10 Commandments in a display with other “secular” items then it doesn’t violate the 1st amendment. The court said it still violates the Constitution.
Like a friend of mine said “Star Spangled Banner? What foundation did that provide?”