March 28, 2008

10 Commandments Permitted On Public Land By U.S. Court

by Rohan Parker

A federal court of appeals has ruled that a close to 50 year old monument which is engraved with the Ten Commandments is permissible by the Constitution.

The U.S. is a secular country, in that they have the state and the church separate, however it is often an issue of contention, as to what exactly is appropriate.

The monument, is a granite construction which stands at 180cm (6 feet), and rests alone atop a hill in a park near the Old City Hall in Everett, Washington, 25 miles north of Seattle. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals referenced precedent in this case to allow the monument to remain where it is.

It is due to the location of the monument, which makes it appropriate. Judge Kim McLane Wardlaw wrote in the ruling from a three-judge panel, that because the monument is located in a park, which is not a location given to Christian worship, it is appropriate.

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