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Ten Commandments Cases to Begin This Week
2005.02.27 (Sun) 23:02
Two Ten Commandments cases — Van Orden v. Perry and McCreary County v. ACLU of Kentucky — are scheduled to be heard by the Supreme Court beginning this Wednesday, March 2. For our part, we discussed McCreary in an earlier post, and we believe our position is pretty clear. It is also clear that the outcome of these cases will not only determine how the Ten Commandments can and cannot be used in official capacities, but also constitutes the opening salvo of the faith-based battle that the religious right has been counting on since Bush rode their votes into his second term.
Despite the often illogical and misguided slants that a few of the justices bring to the bench, we still have a good deal of trust that the Supreme Court will do what's right and uphold the separation of church and state that has been a hallmark of our nation since its inception. Only time will tell...
While you're waiting, check out Jon Rowe's post discussing the off base claims of one of the so-called expert witnesses being called before the Supreme Court to defend the display of the Ten Commandments. On the bright side, if this expert is indicative of the strength of the fundy case, then they don't have much hope.
[Update 2-28: Dispatches from the Culture Wars also had a solid analysis of the upcoming Ten Commandments cases. It addresses, in part, an issue we've brought up numerous times — that the same people defending the inclusion of the Ten Commandments in all sorts of public forums would be the first ones to lash out against similar religious displays from any non-Christian religion.]
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