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Monday | April 28, 2003

Sometimes the Supremes get it right

This may be a no-brainer, but with wingnut control of our government and the Supreme Court, one can never take these things for granted:

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal by Kentucky of a ruling that barred the display of a large granite monument with the Ten Commandments on the state Capitol grounds in Frankfort.

Without comment, the justices let stand a federal appeals court ruling that the display would violate church-state separation under the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment.

The governor in 2000 signed into law a resolution adopted by the state legislature that required placement of the monument, which is more than six feet tall and almost four feet wide, outside the Capitol.

At the top of the monument are the words, "I AM the LORD thy God" followed by the commandments, a sacred and religious text for Jews and Christians. At the bottom are two small Stars of David and a symbol representing Christ.

What's kind of funny is that Kentucky (along with Alabama, Indiana, Mississippi, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas and Utah) argued the display should've been permitted as a "historical document". This from a six-foot tall monument with the caption "I AM the LORD thy God".

And these are the same guys that are pontificating against an Islamic Republic of Iraq. A secular Iraq is obviously a good thing, mind you, but the irony is lost on the GOPers.

Secularism is also good at home.

Posted April 28, 2003 07:35 AM | Comments (24)


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