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August 23, 2005

Schizophrenic courts now say 10 commandments okay

From the Baptist Press...

In the first major Ten Commandments decision since the U.S. Supreme Court had its say, a federal appeals court Aug. 19 upheld the constitutionality of a large granite Decalogue monument that has stood in the city of Plattsmouth, Neb., for 40 years.

The 11-2 decision by the full Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals comes nearly two months after the Supreme Court issued a split decision in two separate cases, allowing a Texas Ten Commandments monument to stand but ordering the removal of a Kentucky Ten Commandments courtroom plaque. The ruling by the Eighth Circuit reversed an earlier 2-1 decision by one of the court's three-judge panels.

The full Eighth Circuit relied heavily on the Texas decision, Van Orden v. Perry. Like the Texas monument, the Plattsmouth, Neb., monument was donated by the Fraternal Order of Eagles. It resides on the corner of a city park, roughly 10 blocks from Plattsmouth city hall. Approximately five feet tall and three feet wide, the monument was donated to the city in 1965.

"Like the monument at issue in Van Orden, the Ten Commandments monument installed in Memorial Park by the City of Plattsmouth is a passive acknowledgment of the roles of God and religion in our Nation's history," Judge Pasco M. Bowman, an appointee of President Reagan, wrote for the majority. "Moreover, as was the case in Van Orden, decades passed during which the Ten Commandments monument stood in Plattsmouth's Memorial Park without objection."

The lunatics have taken over the asylum, but at least in this case they are showing signs of sanity and reason. What continues to be insane is that across the nation contrary rulings are allowed to stand, and the people wrongly harmed by those decisions, remain the victims of judicial activism.

Posted by Danny Carlton at August 23, 2005 09:33 AM

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