WKU Public Radio News Staff
Tue October 12, 2004
Supreme Court To Hear Kentucky Ten Commandments Case
Washington, DC – The Supreme Court has announced it will take up the constitutionality of a Ten Commandments display on government land and buildings in kentucky.
The high court will hear an appeal early next year.
The justices will consider whether a lower court wrongly barred the posting of the Ten Commandments in Kentucky courthouses. McCreary and Pulaski County officials hung framed copies of the Ten Commandments in their courthouses and later added other documents including the Magna Carta and Declaration of Independence.
The Constitution bars and state establishment of religion. That means the government can not promote religion in general or favor one faith over another.
The lawyer for the Kentucky counties, Matthew Staver of the conservative law group Liberty Counsel, told justices the lower courts are fractured on the issue. A divided appeals court panel sided with the American Civil Liberties Union in the Kentucky case.