Central Kentucky County Removes Ten Commandments Display

LANCASTER, Ky. (AP) - Officials in a central Kentucky town have removed a Ten Commandments display from the courthouse.

The Garrard County Fiscal Court took action Wednesday after a federal judge issued an opinion earlier this month that "a reasonable person would conclude that the county's display has the effect of endorsing religion."

"Today's events are taking place because of the ruling," said Judge-Executive John Wilson.

In the Sept. 5 opinion, U.S. District Judge Karl Forester refused to dismiss the Garrard County case, but he stopped short of ruling whether the display is unconstitutional.

Forester said the history of the display offered evidence suggesting "that the officially stated purpose ... is a sham" to disguise religious intent.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2005 that Ten Commandments displays on government property must be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Among factors making the displays constitutional, the court said, is if their main purpose was to honor the nation's legal, rather than religious, traditions.

The Supreme Court's ruling had struck down the display of the commandments in two Kentucky courthouses but upheld a granite monument near the Texas Capitol.

Information from: The Advocate-Messenger, http://www.amnews.com

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Mark Location: Danville on Oct 1, 2007 at 01:10 PM
    For all of you people saying that the Ten Commandments not being in the schools and the courthouses is causing all of this crime... well how about teaching the Ten Commandments at home! How about teaching them in church. What about the adultery part? How's your second and third "wife" doing? What about the not killing part... how's that Iraq thing going Bush? What about not coveting... why do you want your son to go to college again? How about no idols... crying over a plaque in the courthouse are we? And am I the only person that finds "Thou shalt have no other god before me," and the First Amendment which says you can worship however you want to be a little out of synch with each other?
  • by Jeb Location: KY on Oct 1, 2007 at 09:58 AM
    To Bryan in Frankfort - the reason we didn't have all those troubles when we went to school was the fact our parents were involved in our lives and taught us right from wrong; not because of what was posted in school on the walls.
  • by Paul Location: Lex on Oct 1, 2007 at 07:09 AM
    Does anyone in here honestly believe that posting the 10 commandments is going to stop rape, murder or abuse...Those perps don't care. I agree Namaste..if your going to do one do them all, or not at all. I didn't have the commandments posted in my schools and didn't turn to a life of violent crime, and i expect that most of you grew up in a similar fashion. Its not the states job to teach right from wrong, its the families..Quit blaming societal ills, on the posting of a religious document, its a matter of personal responsibility.
  • by Bryan Location: Frankfort on Oct 1, 2007 at 02:21 AM
    I remember the good old days of going to school and saying the pledge to the flag and then praying and we did this every morning. Also, in each room was the Ten Commandments as well as a copy of the Bill of Rights. We never had any school shootings or did anyone bring a weapon to school other than a pocket knife and this was not too awful long ago. Now with the ACLU and all the other liberals that cry over ANYTHING and get their way by taking GOD out of folks daily lives it is not much longer until this old world ends. We are people and a nation founded on our religous beliefs, values and our trust in God and yet most of us forget that as well as forget the good old days as described above. There is not enough room on here for me to continue preaching but most of you know what I am speaking about. Pray for the Liberals...they need it!
  • by Boomhower Location: Areln on Oct 1, 2007 at 01:56 AM
    Garrard County's Judge Executive John Wilson is a joke!!
  • by Money Location: Ky on Oct 1, 2007 at 12:27 AM
    When someone wants to display God's word 95% of the population wants to argue that their rights are being violated. But, when the almight dollar is handed out that 95% has their hand out for their share. It does not matter to them that all US currency has the words "IN GOD WE TRUST" printed on it. If the people are against the TEN COMMANDMENTS then I am against them using US currency.
  • by Rob Location: London on Sep 30, 2007 at 08:33 PM
    If you would actually read the Ten Commandments,you would realize that all laws in the U.S. are based upon these laws,but people just see that they are religious and want to do away with them.What is the harm in displaying the lwas of the land?That is all they are ,laws that we uphold everyday.
  • by Brandi Location: KY on Sep 30, 2007 at 04:24 AM
    Way to go Dustin!! I couldn't agree with you more!
  • by Namaste Location: KY River on Sep 29, 2007 at 04:42 PM
    I can assume that you all would also support placing Ganesh the four armed, elephant headed Hindu god in the courthouse, as well as the Five Pillars of Islam? I mean surely you aren't in favor of religious discrimination? I also think that the courthouse should add foot washing stations so that Muslims can wash their feet before they do their daily prayers.
  • by Tamra Location: Lex on Sep 29, 2007 at 01:45 PM
    You took the 10 commandments down because of an opinion???? What???? Oh my gosh, alot of people have opinions. Some have an opinion that it is ok to moleste children or even rape women, and put their hands on women. And abusing children, should I go on. So since that is their opinion should we jump on the bandwagon. That is a poor excuse for being to scared to stand up for what you beleive, who gives a crap what one judges opinion is, leave it to the people who use the courthouse. Why not put it to a vote in that county the same way they do to legalize alcohol. The laws of this land are so screwed up. The government don't know their a** from a hole in the ground. I know me nor my kids will ever be told what we can say or wear pertaining to Christ, it is clled Freedom of Speech, and I shall and will express that freedom Daily. Hope that is heard loud and clear.
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