No 10 Commandments in Courthouse

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    Supreme Court bars Ten Commandments at courthouses

    Monday, June 27, 2005; Posted: 10:16 a.m. EDT (14:16 GMT)


    WASHINGTON (AP) -- A split Supreme Court struck down Ten Commandments displays in courthouses Monday, ruling that two exhibits in Kentucky cross the line between separation of church and state because they promote a religious message.

    The court's decision was 5-4, with Justice Sandra Day O'Connor casting the swing vote.

    The decision was the first of two seeking to mediate the bitter culture war over religion's place in public life. In it, the court declined to prohibit all displays in court buildings or on government property.

    Justices left legal wiggle room, saying that some displays -- like their own courtroom frieze -- would be permissible if they're portrayed neutrally in order to honor the nation's legal history.

    But framed copies in two Kentucky courthouses went too far in endorsing religion, the court held.

    http://www.cnn.com/2005/LAW/06/27/scotus.commandments.ap/index.html
     
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    Convinient that the Supreme Court frieze, which would be incredibly expensive and difficult to alter....not to mention incredibly explosive in the public discourse...is fine...

    Yet the easy to remove displays...which are equally portrayed "neutrally in order to honor the nation's legal history," are now "unconstitutional."
     
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    When will this end..I for one am so tired of the Communist Supreme Court Justices... who write illegal laws...this was not just another run of the mill opinion..but a slap in the face of common respect for Christian and Jewish beliefs..I'm sure if it was a copy of the Quran it would have been allowed to stay...I say congress should write a bill eliminating appointments for life...this is the only way we the people will have recourse to bad law and opinions!

    :banned: <<<<<< from life term appointments!
     
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    http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/cgi-bin/getcase.pl?court=US&navby=case&vol=000&invol=03-1693#dissent1
     
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    Scalia is one brilliant man. The majorities ruling really has no logic behind it. I think its time for judges to not exceed their powers in the courts and actually do what the Constitution tells them and not pretend it does otherwise.

    Did anyone on the court step down?
     
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    WASHINGTON — Supreme Court Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist (search) on Monday read aloud a ruling he had authored, but offered no news about his own plans, disappointing court watchers who had expected him to announce his retirement.

    Even so, the 80-year-old justice may have presiding over the nation's highest court for the final time. The court said no retirement announcement would come Monday, but a resignation, most likely in the form of a press release or a letter to the president, could come any day before the next Supreme Court session begins Oct. 3.

    Rest of article:

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,160819,00.html
     
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    Not today. Speculation is sometime next week for both Rhenquist, and O'Connor
     
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    The founding fathers are weeping in Heaven. That's all.
     
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