Supremes urged to take Commandments case

By WND Staff

A religious-liberties law group is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to affirm the right to publicly display the Ten Commandments by overturning an appeals court ruling that declared posting the Decalogue on the grounds of four Ohio high schools was unconstitutional.

The American Center for Law and Justice, which is representing the Ohio school district, yesterday asked the high court to take up the case.

“It is an undisputable fact that the Ten Commandments played a significant role in the development of our legal system in this country,” said Jay Sekulow, chief counsel of the ACLJ, in a statement. “We believe the federal appeals court got it wrong and that the Supreme Court now needs to step in to clarify an increasingly confusing area of the law.

“Nothing in our constitution or the Supreme Court’s interpretation of it require that high-school students be shielded from exposure to things religious. And in the Adams County case,- the displays merely recognize the fact that religion has played an enormous role in the development of civilization and our legal system. We are hopeful the Supreme Court takes this case and overturns the federal appeals court decision.”

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued a decision in January declaring the display of the Ten Commandments – along with other historical documents – outside four high schools in Adams County, Ohio, to be unconstitutional.

The Sixth Circuit refused to reconsider its decision and the ACLJ filed a petition for writ of certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of the Adams County/Ohio Valley School Board.

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