Hey, monotheism was good enough for George Washington!
The Supreme Court’s ruling on Monday that certain displays of the Ten Commandments in public buildings are unconstitutional was not that surprising, since the five justices who voted in the majority were basically upholding earlier rulings by the same bench. What was new was a portion of the dissent written by justices Scalia, Rhenquist, Thomas and (in part) Kennedy.
It’s long been said that the separation of church and state meant that the government was barred from promoting one religion over another, or religion in general. But the dissent reinterprets that history. It says the principle “that the government cannot favor religion over irreligion” is “demonstrably false.”
Whoa!, says the majority opinion written by Justice Souter. “This is truly a remarkable view.”
At least for now. There are certainly people who might want to push that barrier, too, like the folks are the Foundation for Moral Law, who are offering Ten Commandments lapel pins, as well as detailed photographs of ousted Judge Roy Moore’s famous Ten Commandments monument, for those who haven’t seen it in person.
As for the commandments themselves ( ” ‘Thou shalt not kill?’ Wouldn’t that make the war in Iraq –“ “Silence, sinner!!”), anyone needing a refresher course can click here—or here if you speak Hungarian.
Like I always say, “Ne legyenek néked idegen isteneid én elõttem.”