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Some Ten Commandments SCOTUS Links
2005.03.04 (Fri) 11:57
As we noted earlier this week (and as most people who visit this site no doubt knew), the Supreme Court heard arguments on Wednesday regarding government displays of the Ten Commandments. The post-game analysis would have us expecting everything from a guaranteed theocracy just around the corner, to a possible rational outcome, but as any reasonable observer will tell you, it's still wide open.
Until the ruling, which is expected in June, here are some tidbits to read and digest:
Over on Dispatches from the Culture Wars, Ed Brayton has a brief but solid commentary up dealing with the proceedings, and linking to the actual SCOTUS transcript.
In case you don't feel like wading through the entire fifty-seven page text of the day's arguments, you can get read the highlight reel in an article in Slate which includes more of Scalia's greatest hits. At one point, he blurts out that Muslims also believe in the Ten Commandments, only to be corrected by Erwin Chemerinsky. In an interesting twist, Slate finds Scalia to be refreshingly honest in that he seems to be one of the few people who embraces the religious nature of the commandments, and who wants them okayed anyway.
God is for Suckers is, like the rest of us, trying to calculate what it will take to overcome the 0-2 hole that the wall of separation started the day in (thanks to Scalia and his sidekick, Thomas). Two articles discuss the possibilities for O'Connor and Kennedy.
If all of this isn't enough, you can see a timeline of recent Ten Commandments litigation on the ACLU web site, and if you're still begging for more, SCOTUSblog provides links to a host of online commentaries from across the country.
We figure that's enough to keep you busy... It was for us, anyway.
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