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Meditation 390: US Supreme Court Decision on 10 Commandments

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I suspect most people who care about the matter know that last month the Supreme Court released its decisions on the display of the 10 Commandments on public property in Texas and Kentucky. The statue erected in Texas by the Fraternal Order of Eagles (as in Wallace, Idaho and many other places across the USA) can stay, but the display placed by government officials in a courthouse in Kentucky must go.

What we should note is Justice O'Connor's concurrence with the decision in Kentucky where she wrote:

At a time when we see around the world the violent consequences of the assumption of religious authority by government, Americans may count themselves fortunate. Our regard for constitutional boundaries has protected us from similar travails while allowing private religious exercise to flourish... Those who would renegotiate the boundaries between church and state must therefore answer a difficult question: Why would we trade a system that has served us well for one that has served others poorly?