Hindu American Foundation Reacts to Supreme Court Decisions on 10 Commandments

June 27, 2005

Source: Hindu American Foundation


On June 27, 2005 the Hindu American Foundation reported, "The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) expressed a combination of relief and some disappointment over the Supreme Court decisions on the constitutionality of Ten Commandments displays on government property. The decision in McCreary County vs. ACLU, that disallowed a framed version of the Ten Commandments in a Kentucky courthouse supported the HAF position that public displays of the overtly Judeo-Christian Ten Commandments effectively promote a particular religion over other religious traditions. In contrast, in Thomas Van Orden vs. Rick Perry, a case in which HAF submitted the first ever Supreme Court amicus brief representing Hindus, Buddhists and Jains, the Court ruled that the display of the Ten Commandments on the Texas State Capitol grounds could remain... 'We are disappointed that the Court’s reasoning in the Kentucky case did not produce the same conclusion in the Texas case,' [said Suhag Shukla, Esq., Legal Counsel of HAF, who coordinated the filing of the brief with a team of attorneys working pro bono at Goodwin Procter, LLP]... 'HAF, and similar organizations protecting the views of other major religious traditions, must remain vigilant to ensure that the separation of church and state enshrined in our Constitution is never violated,' [said Nikhil Joshi, Esq., member of the Hindu American Foundation Board of Directors]."