ten commandments

Religious Freedom in the New Millennia?

This is an interesting synopsis from Ray Comfort’s Blog today.  The federal courts have played a strong role in shaping American culture in the 20th century via its decisions:

“There was a time in U.S. history when American school children began each day with public prayer. The entire class prayed together. That is now “illegal.” This is why:

• The Supreme Court first ruled against public school prayer in the 1962 case of Engle v. Vitale. The decision struck down a New York State law that required public schools to begin the school day either with Bible reading or recitation of a specially-written, nondenominational prayer.

• One year later, in Abington vs. Shempp (1963), the Supreme Court struck down voluntary Bible readings and recitation of the Lord’s Prayer in public schools.

1. In this context, our kids can no longer pray in public. There have been many ensuing court cases over the liberty to engage in public prayer:

“U.S. Supreme Court rules, 6-3, that prayer before football games in Texas is unconstitutional,”
http://www.freedomforum.org/templates/document.asp?documentID=12727

“School Faces Big Legal Fees In Prayer Lawsuit.”
http://paganwiccan.about.com/b/2009/06/23/school-faces-big-legal-fees-in-prayer-lawsuit.htm

“Florida school officials in prayer case could get jail time.”
http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/09/17/florida.school.prayer/index.html?iref=newssearch

“School district faces second lawsuit over prayer”
http://www.srpressgazette.com/articles/school-9300-district-second.html

2. There have been multiple court cases against students who have or open Bibles:

“Lawsuit claims students not allowed to carry Bibles” http://www.adherents.com/misc/school_houston.html

“Bible study banned on playgrounds”
http://www.wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=44223

“Gideons Forbidden From Distributing Bibles at School”
http://www.moonbattery.com/archives/2007/08/gideons_forbidd.html

“Bibles Banned in Bible Belt”
http://www.foxnewsradio.com/2010/01/06/bibles-banned-in-bible-belt/#ixzz0de1D4mmO

“Bible Banned From School Football Field”
http://news.aol.com/article/bible-verses-banned-from-lakeview-fort/700655

“High School Cheerleaders Banned From Using Bible Verses”
http://digg.com/world_news/High_School_Cheerleaders_Banned_From_Using_Bible_Verses

“The Bible Banned at a New Jersey School” http://smartgirlpolitics.ning.com/profiles/blogs/the-bible-banned-at-a-new

“Bibles banned at Stigler Oklahoma library”
http://www.stormfront.org/forum/showthread.php?t=635514

3. Display the Ten Commandments in a public place, and you could end up in court.

“U.S. Government bans Ten Commandments from Public Places”
http://theratzingerforum.yuku.com/topic/1011/t/U-S-Government-bans-Ten-Commandments-from-Public-Places.html

“Ten Commandments monument moved. New poll says Americans disapprove of federal court order.”
http://www.cnn.com/2003/LAW/08/27/ten.commandments/

“Ninth Circuit Sued For Displaying Ten Commandments”
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=102×1222468

“Chief Justice Roy Moore removed for acknowledging God–Ten Commandments Inquisition”
http://www.greaterthings.com/News/Christian/RoyMoore_Inquisition.htm

American Judicial Alliance is asking judges to return to their Oaths to protect and defend the Constitution as the Supreme Law of the Land.

Ten Commandments on ‘Winning Streak’

A decision from the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has extended a winning streak for the Ten Commandments that dates back to 2005.

The organization successfully argued on behalf of the legality of a display in a public building in Kentucky that included the Ten Commandments among other historical references.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals handed down a ruling in the case brought by the ACLU that reversed a lower court’s opinion that said the Ten Commandments were impermissible.

“The Ten Commandments are as much at home in a display about the foundation of law as stars and stripes are to the American flag,” said Mathew Staver, Liberty Counsel’s founder and chairman. “The Ten Commandments are part of the fabric of our country and helped shape the law. It defies common sense to remove a recognized symbol of law from a court of law.

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