Wednesday, August 13, 2008

ACLU Loses as Fed. Judge Allows Ten Commandments in Display

"All law is legislated morality. The only question is whose morality. Because all morality is based on faith, there is no such thing as religious neutrality in law or morality."

-- From "Ten Commandments poster inside courtroom approved" © 2008 WorldNetDaily 8/11/08

A federal judge has rejected a demand from the American Civil Liberties Union that she censor a document posted in an Ohio courtroom titled "Philosophies of Law in Conflict" because the Ten Commandments are included.

The conflict began when the ACLU sued [Judge James] DeWeese for posting a copy of the Decalogue in his courtroom, resulting in a judge ordering that the document could not be posted by itself.

Subsequently, DeWeese posted the "Philosophies of Law in Conflict," a document that includes the Ten Commandments along with a list of "humanist precepts" and a commentary by the judge about the two conflicting philosophies.

The humanist precepts include: The universe is self-existent and was not created. Man is the product of a cosmic accident, and there is nothing higher than man, Ethics depend on the person and the situation. There is no absolute truth. The meaning of law evolves.

In response, the ACLU requested that DeWeese be held in contempt for posting the Ten Commandments. However, the judge who originally ordered the first Ten Commandments display removed said the current display was perfectly legal.

"The court can find no principled basis upon which to find that, or even fully consider whether, the new display is constitutionally impermissible," wrote U.S. District Court Judge Kathleen O'Malley in her opinion.

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