Local Reaction to Ten Commandments Decision

People on both sides of the argument say Monday's Supreme Court decisions on the Ten Commandments could create legal confusion and open the door to more litigation.

The court ruled that the Ten Commandments can be displayed outside the Texas state capitol, but not inside two Kentucky courthouses. The justices said each religious exhibit on public property demands scrutiny to determine whether it amounts to a governmental promotion of religion.

Locally, the spokesperson for the Freedom From Religion Foundation was not happy with the mixed message sent by the Supreme Court.

"It was very disappointing because we were hoping the Supreme Court would clear up this controversy once and for all," says Annie Laurie Gaylor. "Instead of clarifying it they've really muddied the water and shot a hole in the wall of separation between church and state."

Gaylor says she was pleased with the Kentucky ruling that kept the commandments out of the courthouse, but surprised at the ruling that kept the commandments statue outside the capitol.

Gaylor says because the Supreme Court did not hand down a clear decision, more cases will be forced to go to court and argue the merits of each display.


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