Charles Haynes Writes Commentary on Recent Ten Commandment Controversies

October 21, 2004

Source: First Amendment Center Press Release

On October 21, 2004 First Amendment Center Press Release provided an editorial by Charles Haynes which reported that, "after 24 years of silence, the high court announced on Oct.12 that it would hear not just one, but two cases dealing with the Ten Commandments: Van Orden v. Perry from Texas and McCreary County v. ACLU from Kentucky. Since the Court last agreed to tackle this emotionally charged issue, an explosion of lawsuits around the nation has led to a bewildering array of lower court decisions. Four federal appeals courts have found displays of the Ten Commandments constitutional � but three appeals courts have ruled the other way... However the Supreme Court rules, the controversy will not end. Some Americans will continue to search for creative ways to post the Ten Commandments in government buildings because they want the government to promote a religious vision of the nation. Other Americans will continue to find ways to remove all plaques, monuments and displays that they view as state endorsements of religion. But even if the Supreme Court can’t end the conflict, let’s hope that the justices can remind all Americans of the First Amendment principles at stake in this debate."