WKU Public Radio News Staff
Tue June 28, 2005
Ten Commandments Ruling Affects Tennessee
Blountville, TN – Sullivan County, Tennessee's attorney says commissioners should listen closely to the U. S. Supreme Court saying no Ten Commandments displays for religious reasons on government property.
Attorney Dan Street said the commission's decision to display the Ten Commandments near the entrance of the old courthouse in 1999 was religious.
Now he wants to know why the commission is waiting to remove the plaque.
Street said it's been a constitutional violation since it was put up. He said there are plenty of religious people who don't believe the Commandments should be posted in the courthouse.
He said commissioners lost an ACLU lawsuit challenging a Ten Commandments plaque in a court building.
Tennessee ACLU executive director Hedy Weinberg said she's looking at the Supreme Court decision and will share her legal analysis with county commissioners.