Supreme Court Would Not Hear Ten Commandments Case

The Supreme Court’s decision in February not to hear a challenge on the posting of the Ten Commandments will have no impact on future cases says Matt Staver, an attorney with Liberty Counsel.

A case involving a challenge to a monument on state grounds in Indiana containing the text of the Ten Commandments was declined to be heard by the nation’s highest court.  Routinely, the court refuses to hear cases, and this will have no bearing on future cases involving the document says Staver.  He said, “The issue, I think, that the Supreme Court is looking for on the Ten Commandments is a case involving the Ten Commandments placed in context of other legal or governmental documents.  We represent cases like that, and there are many others around the United States (U.S.) I believe the [Supreme Court] will ultimately take are of those kind of cases and address the Ten Commandments issue- and I am anticipating that the court will find the Ten Commandments is constitutional.”

The fact that the Supreme Court decided not to hear the Ten Commandments case means nothing to the other cases that are out there indicates Staver.  It does not set a precedent when the high court declines to hear the case says Staver:  “In fact, on the same day the court declined to hear over 200 other cases.”

The American Civil Liberties Union in Indiana brought the challenge.  However, the Ten Commandments reflect American law and has helped shape American law says Staver.

(Rusty Pugh and Jody Brown, “Decalogue Debate & Motto Mania, “ AgapePress, February 28, 2002)

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