Via Atrios, more chipping away at the wall of separation:
Ten Commandments Backed by Bush Administration in Court Fight
Dec. 8 (Bloomberg) -- The Bush administration, saying that religion ``has played a defining role'' in the nation's history, urged the U.S. Supreme Court to permit Ten Commandments displays in courthouses.
At what point does the "historical role" argument stop being valid? I obviously think it's ok for public school teachers to talk about Christianity in history class when discussing the Protestant Reformation or the Great Awakening or whatever, and the Bible is important enough in Western literature that there's reason to cover it in English classes. But this issue of Ten Commandments in the courthouse is such a transparent attempt use the government to promote religion, and the "historical role" justification so flimsy, that there's no way it's a good thing. Where's the line?
Now, I don't really think this is materially that big a deal except for the possibility of a dangerous precedent. Atheists and people from other religious traditions may feel uncomfortable seeing the Decalogue displayed in a public building, but beyond that there's not a lot of harm being done. The real problem with judges like Roy Moore isn't the way they decorate, it's the decisions they hand down on issues like gay rights.Tags: