ACLU Lawsuit Against Ten Commandments Dismissed

3 10 2007

Filed under: ACLU, Ten Commandments, Church and State, First Amendment

A federal court has dismissed a lawsuit that was filed by the ACLU against a school board in Harlan County in Kentucky over a display that includes the Ten Commandments. The ACLU claimed the display violated the Establishment Clause of the Constitution.

The ACLU filed suit in 1999, and the lawsuit was eventually partially consolidated with two other cases involving the same display in two McCreary and Pulaski County courthouses. The display that caused the controversy was a “Foundations of American Law and Government” display containing the Ten Commandments, the Mayflower Compact, the Declaration of Independence, the Magna Charta, the Star-Spangled Banner, the National Motto, the Preamble to the Kentucky Constitution, the Bill of Rights to the United States Constitution, and a picture of Lady Justice.

Following the ruling on McCreary and Pulaski Counties, the Harlan County case returned to the lower court where Liberty Counsel learned that the ACLU’s plaintiff no longer attended the school. Liberty Counsel then requested that the district court dismiss the lawsuit, and the lower court agreed.

The ACLU got lucky with Judge Roy Moore’s Ten Commandment ousting. But it took an interference, an illegal one albeit, from a liberal Supreme Court Justice to influence Moore’s dismissal. But since then, the ACLU and their breathingist cohorts, have lost every single significant Ten Commandments case. Perhaps they got a bit too trigger-happy after Moore’s case. Or possibly they overestimated the breathingist gauge of the courts. Either way, the left’s efforts to uproot the Ten Commandments from America is failing miserably.

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