Monday, June 27

KENTUCKY COURTHOUSES DID IT WRONG; TEXAS CAPITOL DID IT RIGHT

Apparently the truth is in the mind of the beholder, provided the beholder is wearing a black robe and sitting on the United States Supreme Court. SCOTUS ruled 5-4 that the Kentucky courthouses had no right displaying framed copies of the Ten Commandments, but SCOTUS also ruled 5-4 that the Texas state capitol in Austin had every right to exhibit a granite monument of the Ten Commandments on its grounds.

The split personality decisions appear to revolve around whether or not such displays promote religion or certain religious views (i.e., "having a predominantly religious purpose") or are merely grounded in an historical context. They will apparently beg that question every time the ACLU gets its secular nose out of joint at anything it perceives as being in violation of the separation of church and state, such as the Christian cross on the Los Angeles County seal.

The High Court appears capricious, not quite certain just how far to go in further offending Christians and contorting the United States Constitution in the process.

You can't display the Ten Commandments in a public school or in a Kentucky courthouse, but you can on the grounds of the Texas capitol, provided they're sufficiently sanitized of religious overtones by being placed among a veritable dog's breakfast of other historical exhibits.

The Supreme Court has no quarrel with abortion, but apparently finds considerable nuance in the degree to which a Ten Commandments display is sufficiently obscured from God's original intent.

SOURCES: Bloomberg and Yahoo News