Monday, June 27, 2005

Court Strikes Down Ten Commandments In Courthouses

In a decision that was much closer than I would have predicted (5-4) the Supreme Court has ruled that the Ten Commandments cannot be displayed in courthouses. Justice David H. Souter, writing for the majority:

“The touchstone for our analysis is the principle that the First Amendment mandates government neutrality between religion and religion, and between religion and nonreligion...”

“When the government acts with the ostensible and predominant purpose of advancing religion, it violates tha central Establishment clause value of official religious neutrality...”

Needless to say, I think this is a good ruling. I will post more as the text of the opinion is made available.

Court Bars Courthouse Commandment Displays

Supreme Court bars Ten Commandments at courthouses


Boomr said...

Hooray for SCOTUS. It was close, but they got it right.

Dingo said...

I am not sure I would agree that the court really got it right. The ruling does not make a clear objective line as too what is constitutional and what is not constitutional. It, instead, creates a subjective line that is going to create more, not less, litigation.