Buddhists, Hindus, and Jains Weigh in on Ten Commandments Controversy

March 9, 2005

Source: The Times of India


On March 9, 2005 The Times of India reported, "with the Hindu American Foundation (HAF) being part of an amicus curiae (friend of the court), oral arguments have begun in the Supreme Court on whether displays of the Ten Commandments on government property are an unconstitutional endorsement of a particular religion. At heart of the case is a six-foot tall granite monument with the Ten Commandments inscribed on it and which stands between the State Capitol and State Supreme Court in Texas... HAF, which filed the brief Dec 13, 2004 in one of the most widely anticipated cases being heard by the Supreme Court this year, 'supports the position that the monument violates the separation of church and state guaranteed by the First Amendment of the US constitution.' There are nine co-signatories to the brief representing Hindus, Buddhists and Jains in the United States. The foundation claims to be the first to provide a non-Judeo-Christian perspective to this issue."