A Bad Ruling

An appeals court has overturned a ruling that the Ten Commandments can not be displayed in Grayson County Kentucky’s courthouse.   The display of the Ten Commandments was put up as part of an educational display to display the foundations of law.  Also included in the display was the Magna Carta as well as the Declaration of Independence and a few other documents.  The display was put up after a Baptist minister suggested it:

The minister said he wanted the commandments posted “to keep government from pushing God out,” but mentioned putting up other documents so the display might not be challenged, according to a court document.

The fiscal court gave its approval, and the preacher paid for the documents and hung them.

–Via the Lexington Herald Leader

The Emphasis is mine.

The minister knew that what he was doing violated the first amendment establishment clause and then tried to skirt around it!  The majority opinion from the court  basically says they don’t know if the fiscal court meant to have it as a religious display or a historical display, that only the minister meant it.  This is like someone saying hey you like cheeseburgers then agreeing and then later saying no I didn’t say I liked cheeseburgers.  The lower court had this one right and I really hope that the ACLU of KY appeals this one.

You can find the opinions of the court here

The minister said he wanted the commandments posted “to keep government from pushing God out,” but mentioned putting up other documents so the display might not be challenged, according to a court document.

The fiscal court gave its approval, and the preacher paid for the documents and hung them.

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