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Posted on 12/28/2005 10:51:54 PM PST by TheAverageGuy
Federal Court Rejects Separation of Church and StateConservative group leaders hail unanimous decision Tuesday
Gary Glenn, President - AFA of Michigan: (989) 835-7978
Joe Glover, President - Family Policy Network: (202) 470-5095, extension 456
Ron Shank, Director - FPN of Tennessee: (615) 866-5242, extension 2
Mat Staver, President and General Counsel - Liberty Counsel: (407) 875-2100
6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals: The First Amendment does not demand a wall of separation between church and state.
(CINCINNATI - 12/20/05) In an astounding return to judicial interpretation of the actual text of the United States Constitution, a unanimous panel of the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has issued an historic decision declaring that the First Amendment does not demand a wall of separation between church and state. In upholding a Kentucky countys right to display the Ten Commandments, the panel called the American Civil Liberties Unions repeated claims to the contrary extra-constitutional and tiresome.
The defense attorney in the case and conservative leaders in two states affected by the decision are hailing it as historic. American Family Association of Michigan president Gary Glenn said, Patriotic Americans should observe a day of prayer and thanksgiving for this stunning and historic reversal of half a century of misinformation and judicial distortion of the document that protects our religious freedoms.
We are particularly excited that such an historic, factual, and truth-based decision is now a controlling precedent for the federal Court of Appeals that rules on all Michigan cases, Glenn said.
6th Circuit Judge Richard Suhrheinrich wrote in the unanimous decision: The ACLU makes repeated reference to the separation of church and state. This extra-constitutional construct has grown tiresome. The First Amendment does not demand a wall of separation between church and state. Our nations history is replete with governmental acknowledgment and in some cases, accommodation of religion.
The words separation of church and state do not appear in the U.S. Constitution, though according to polls, a majority of Americans have been misled to believe that they do, Glenn said. For background information, see: http://www.answers.com/topic/separation-of-church-and-state-in-the-united-states
Mathew D. Staver, President and General Counsel of Liberty Counsel, hailed today's decision as a great victory. Staver stated, "Today's decision begins to turn the tide against the ACLU, which has been on a search and destroy mission to remove all vestiges of our religious history from public view." Staver added, "Whether the ACLU likes it or not, history is crystal clear that each one of the Ten Commandments played an important role in the founding of our system of law and government. Federal courts are beginning to rightfully reject extreme notions of 'separation of church and state.' It's about time that courts begin interpreting the Constitution consistent with its original purpose. With the changing of personnel at the U.S. Supreme Court, the trend toward a more historical approach to the First Amendment is well underway."
Staver concluded, "This case should be used as a model for other counties wishing to display religious documents and symbols, including the Ten Commandments. It's absurd to think that displaying the Ten Commandments is unconstitutional. The Ten Commandments is a universally recognized symbol of law. Our laws, and our notions of right and wrong, have been shaped by the Decalogue."
One conservative leader is already calling for his state's legislature to use the ruling as the basis for a new state law. Family Policy Network of Tennessee director Ron Shank said, "The 6th Circuit's decision isn't just an opinion, it's federal law in Tennessee. Now that the 6th Circuit has declared the "wall" doesn't exist, we plan to call for legislation placing the Ten Commandments in courthouses throughout the state. "
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4 down, 46 to go!!!
An ide alightbulb just appeared over my head...Get a conservative to appeal it, so the outcome will become national.
Good news. The ACLU strawdog arguments are truly tiresome and not constitutional.
Why stop with just the courthouses? Why not also place the 10 Commandments in just about every public place: public libraries, public schools, firehouses, municipal buildings, county nursing homes, football stadiums, etc. Seriously.
If "the wall" doesn't exist, why assume that placement will be limited to courthouses? Also, if "the wall" doesn't exist, why should the placement of religious codes, or representations of religious codes, be restricted to just the 10 Commandments? Not to be crude about it, but other, non-Judeo-Christian religions will be interested in such prime product placement.
Who will get to make such decisions? Or will the "product placement" be put out to bid?
"Tear down this wall!"
You folks get all wrapped around the axle about silly stuff, and always fail to recognize that painting blue mud in your bellytbutton is a survival skill.
Well, have at it.
right on tt. right on.
I believe that there is a wonderful legal argument to made that the original intent of the 'establishment clause' was to actally codify the First Commandment.
After all, if the government establishes a religion, the government would be assuming the role of God.
Thank You Lord, this is an answer to millions of prayers. Please continue to add states to the list who recognize this truth. The implications are huge. It's about time this Christian nation get it's head screwed on straight. Please work in the hearts and minds of those who have the authority and power to right this terrible wrong perpetrated by the ACLU and others. Amen
You devilish fiend...
Well, I like the spirit of your response, but I'm not sure what it means.
So basically, somebody could put up the 10 Commandments or the Crucifix, or a portrait of Mohammed Ali (the Islamic hero, not the boxer), claiming some sort of "historical context." Aggrieved parties litigate, and the ensuing dispute goes to court. Well, it will keep the lawyers busy.
The war is not over. Nothing's permanent. ID is much more scientific (if that means factual, actual, true) than Darwin's atheistic (and illogical) musings. We must continue to flail at the wall. With the 6th Court ruling, there is a crack in it--howbeit, tiny--nevertheless, a precious tiny crack. PRECEDENCE has been set. Future cases CAN (oh I pray WILL) widen the crack. Here's a pitch for the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF): doing a great job helping to break down the wall. I contribute to it regularly.