Magazine article The Christian Century

High Court Takes Pass on Decalogue Case

Magazine article The Christian Century

High Court Takes Pass on Decalogue Case

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The U.S. Supreme Court refused to enter the debate over whether the Ten Commandments should be displayed on government grounds when it declined to hear an appeal from Indiana Governor Frank O'Bannon. Without comment, the high court did not consider the appeal to erect a seven-foot stone monument on the statehouse grounds in Indianapolis.

Arguing that the commandments represent tenets of American law as much as religious teachings, O'Bannon wanted the court to overturn rulings preventing the monument from being erected. The justices' decision not to hear the case, announced February 25, marked the second time in less than a year that they have sidestepped the controversial issue.

The American Civil Liberties Union had sued to prevent the monument's installation and lower courts blocked its erection, saying it promoted a religious purpose. Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, called the action another defeat for the conservative movement. …

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