Hearing Begins in Anticipated 10 Commandments Case

March 2, 2005

Source: BBC News


On March 2, 2005 BBC News reported, "the US Supreme Court has begun hearing arguments about whether it is legal for the Ten Commandments to be displayed on government property. The hearing is focused on buildings in Texas and Kentucky. The judges must decide whether the monuments are merely a tribute to US history or an unconstitutional break with the church-state separation. Observers say the hearing has sparked a vigorous debate between Christian conservatives and secularists. A lawyer opposed to the displays argued before the court that as so many of the Commandments refer to God, they promote religion. But supporters of the monuments maintain that removing them would create huge challenges in dealing with thousands of other religious symbols that appear in public property... A ruling is not expected until June."