Most adult citizens now believe American values and legal systems, shaped with some influence from the Ten Commandments and Christian principles, have been disregarded or even attacked in recent years and especially during the Obama presidency.
The Founding Fathers of the United States clearly intended that Americans should be free to worship God according to the directives of our own conscience and our Constitution mandates that the federal government should not interfere or compel us to do otherwise.
This month Oklahoma won a victory in a lawsuit with the American Civil Liberties Union who challenged a Ten Commandments monument was on the state capitol grounds.
“Today’s ruling is a clear message that the Ten Commandments can be displayed on public grounds like the Oklahoma Capitol because of the historical role the text has played in the founding of our nation,” Oklahoma’s Attorney General Pruitt said. “The Ten Commandments monument on the Oklahoma Capitol grounds is constitutional because of its historical value.”
“The U.S. Supreme Court found constitutional a nearly identical monument in Texas,” Pruitt continued. “We were confident in the state’s case from the start and appreciate the court’s thoughtful consideration and ruling in the state’s favor.”
In a 1980 landmark Supreme Court case, Stone v. Graham, Justice Rehnquist wrote that the public should be “insulated from all things which may have a religious significance or origin. This Court has recognized that ‘religion has been closely identified with our history and government,’ . . . and that the history of man is inseparable from the history of religion'”
Later lawsuits against the states of Texas and Kentucky protected the public display of the Ten Commandments at their state capitols because they clearly met the tests of a secular purpose of educating citizens about the basis of our system of laws.
In August, 2014 a US District Judge in New Mexico ruled that the city of Bloomfield, New Mexico must remove their Ten Commandments monuments off the grounds of the city hall.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott won the famous case by protecting the display of the Ten Commandments on the grounds of the state capitol. The monument was donated in 1961 by the Fraternal Order of Eagles, a service organization that has had seven U.S. presidents as members. The monument’s text was carefully written by representatives of the Jewish, Protestant, and Catholic faiths. The 22 acres of the Texas State Capitol fulfill the federal definition of a museum and are cared for by a professional curator. The Ten Commandments monument is located on the same grounds as World War I veterans, Korean War veterans, Texans who died at Pearl Harbor, Texas Pioneer Women, and to Texas Children.”
A Gallup Poll in 2012 indicate that 77% of Americans identify with a Christian religion. This includes 52% who are Protestants or some other non-Catholic Christian religion, Catholics represent 23% of Americans, while 18% of Americans do not have a specific religious identity and 5% identify with a non-Christian religion.
In 2012, Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, who had removed from his seat in 2003 by a judicial ethics panel because he refused to remove the Ten Commandments display the state Supreme Court building was re-elected.
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