Skip to comments.Court Allows Religious Monument
Posted on 02/25/2009 7:26:37 AM PST by green iguana
Without dissent, the Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that governments may accept permanent religious monuments in public parks without violating the Constitution. Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr., wrote for the Court in Pleasant Grove City v. Summum (07-665). Such a monument, whether government financed or privately donated, must be considered government speech, conveying a message that it wishes to get out about esthetics, history, and local culture. Four Justices filed concurring opinions, representing the views of six Justices, thus requiring their views to be taken into account in determining just when governments may put up such monuments on public property.
Opinion is here:
I guess they are getting ready for all the religious monuments to the Obamessiah that will be erected in the future.
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Don’t quite understand your post. SCOTUSblog isn’t the media, and I already posted the complete decision straight off the SCOTUS website...
More than anything else it's because I hate PDF files. They are terribly inconvienient, especially when compared to plain HTML. Also, my links include not only the decision itself, but each concurrance. On another case earlier today, I posted the opinion, and dissents. I find having them all together useful to compare arguments.
Also, my comment about the media wasn’t really directed at you. It’s a more general comment, in that many people will read news reports, but not the decisions themselves, which are often quite at odds with what the media reports about them.
one of the interesting aspects of this decisions IMO, is that the headline (here and elsewhere) will read “Supreme Court allows monument”, when in fact the decision itself leaves it up to the city that was initially sued whether or not to allow the particular monument in question to be placed in the park.
Court rules for Utah city in religious marker case
AP on Yahoo | 2/25/09 | Mark Sherman - ap
Posted on 02/25/2009 1:46:36 PM PST by NormsRevenge
But too late for the hundreds of 10 commandment monuments that have already been taken down, including the one in my town.
Maybe they can put it back up.