The Ten Commandments in the Public Square

February 26, 2002

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On February 26, 2002, The Houston Chronicle reported that "for the second time in a year, the Supreme Court refused Monday to review a lower court's ban on displaying the Ten Commandments on government property, leaving states in confusion over whether such monuments are constitutional... Attorneys general in nine states, including Texas, had urged the court to hear the matter to resolve conflicting court opinions around the country. Judges in Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin have forbidden Ten Commandments monuments on public property, but judges in Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas, Wyoming and Utah have allowed them...

The Rev. Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, which opposes religious displays on public property, applauded the court's action.

'Public buildings should display patriotic symbols that bring us together, not religious symbols that divide us,' he said."