The Ten Commandments has been removed from a courthouse in Spencer County, Kentucky. A concerned citizen reported to the Freedom From Religion Foundation that the display made them queasy.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation is a Wisconsin-based group of atheists. They say the Ten Commandments are unconstitutional – and show government favoritism toward religion.
“A Ten Commandments display in a county courthouse violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment,” FFRF Anne Nicol Gaylor Fellow Sammi Lawrence wrote to Spencer County Judge-Executive Scott Travis. “In McCreary County v. ACLU (2005), the Supreme Court ruled that displays of the Ten Commandments in two Kentucky courthouses violated the Constitution.”
Or – maybe – and I’m just thinking out loud here. Maybe the Ten Commandments are just a reminder not to kill people or steal your neighbor’s car.
The atheists say the Ten Commandments trigger those who do not share Christian or Jewish religious beliefs.
Well, what about the U.S. Supreme Court building?
There’s literally a statue of Moses holding two stone tablets on the east pediment of the Supreme Court building.
And just behind the chair of the Chief Justice is an allegorical “Majesty of Law” that depicts a tablet adorned with Roman numbers from one through 10.
“We’re appreciative that county officials realized how inappropriate it is to have an overtly sectarian religious exhibit inside a secular judicial building,” says FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor. “The Spencer County Courthouse will now be much more welcoming for people of all beliefs — and no religious belief.”
Maybe we need a new commandment – Thou Shall Not Be a Godless Heathen Gadfly.
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