A Look Back at the Ten Commandments

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  1. Trinity

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    As the U.S. Supreme Court decides whether the Ten Commandments can be displayed in government buildings like courthouses in Texas and Kentucky, it might be useful to turn back the pages of American history.

    And maybe discover a few things you didn’t know.

    For instance…did you know that the first three textbooks used in American public schools taught the Ten Commandments?

    Did you know that President John Quincy Adams, who was nominated (but declined) a position on the U. S. Supreme Court under President Madison, once said: “The law given from Sinai (that is the Ten Commandments) was a civil and municipal as well as a moral and religious code.”

    Did you know that Thomas Jefferson agreed, declaring that “the moral law” is that law, as Jefferson put it, “to which man has been subjected by his creator.”

    Did you know that the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John Jay said this: “the moral, or natural law, was given by the God of the universe to all mankind.”

    And did you know that many years later…Chief Justice Warren Burger once wrote… “Aside from the Declaration, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, it is difficult to argue that there is any single work that has had a greater or more far-reaching impact on four centuries of American life, law, and culture than the Ten Commandments.”

    And did you know that in the very chamber in which oral arguments on this case are being heard there hangs a permanent symbol of religion: Moses with the Ten Commandments.

    So, as they decide the constitutionality of the Ten Commandments…let’s hope the members of today’s U.S Supreme Court are up on their American history.

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