Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Court takes on Commandments case

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In a surprise move, the US Supreme Court has agreed to rule on whether it is legal to display the Ten Commandments on government property.

Justices will hear appeals on the politically sensitive issue involving displays in Texas and Kentucky.

Lower courts in the US have recently made a number of contradictory rulings on the issue.
The US constitution's First Amendment holds that church and state should be kept firmly apart.
In 1980, the Supreme Court ruled that a Kentucky law requiring schools to post copies of the Ten Commandments in classrooms was unconstitutional. More from the BBC

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