To: Lurking Libertarian
[Amendment I (Ratified Effective December 15, 1791): Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of the speech, or of the press, or the right of the people to peacably assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.]
This raises the question. Is the judge, by placing the ten commandments in the courtroom prohibiting the free exercise of other religions? For all rights are equal until they impede upon another man's rights. This is why freedom of press is viable until the publication suppresses another's freedom of speech. If the answer to the above question is yes, the judge's ruling was what the Constitution of our great nation called for. Further evidence must be understood before making a hasty generalization, so I am off to study this case
posted on 07/01/2003 3:25:51 PM PDT
Chief Justice Moore had the 10 Commandments in his courtroom before he was elected to the Alabama Supreme Court. This is a large chunk of engraved granite just inside the entryway in the State Supreme Court building.
posted on 07/01/2003 3:29:07 PM PDT
I am off to study this case
You can find a link to the full decision here (scroll down to 2:50 p.m. on today's date).
"This raises the question. Is the judge, by placing the ten commandments in the courtroom prohibiting the free exercise of other religions?"
Placing the Ten Commandments in a Courtroom can no more prohibit the exercise of other religions than displaying a Chevrolet sign can prohibit the purchase of a Ford. If you like Fords you will not be converted or threatened by a Chevy sign. This a ridiculous ruling. Furthermore, the Ten Commandments are an intricate part of both the Jewish and Christian faiths, and Muslims also raise Moses up to the level of "chosen Prophet" in thier Koran, including the story of his parting of the Red Sea, the 40 days on Mt. Sinai, etc. So exactly which religion is "prohibited" by the display of the Mosaic Law? It won't be long before Christianity will be forced underground into modern 'catacombs', and we'll need another Emperor Constantine to make it legal again to practice in public.
States can endorse a religion.
Nobody wants to address that.
They would rather wait until all the Muslims have voting power, and then bring it to a vote.
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