: The Supreme Court rules that 10 commandment displays that tried to sell them violated the separation of church and state, but displays attempting to present religion as part of history are OK. Oh, some will be up in arms, but this appears to be a good ruling that, though fuzzy, stops government from selling religion without banning religion.
Eugene Volokh says: “I have often heard it said that the Ten Commandments are an important part of the foundation of American law, and I think that’s true to a point. But here’s a quick question for you: How many of the Ten Commandments are actually implemented as legally binding obligations under modern American law? (To avoid confusion, let’s focus on the list in Exodus, chapter 20, King James Version, available here.)
It turns out that the answer today is pretty much three, #6 [that is, don’t kill], #8 [don’t steal], \and #9 [don’t lie].”
Coveting thy neighbor’s house is, after all, the basis of the housing bubble.
And John Podhoretz at National Review reflects the confusion about the fuzziness of the ruling:
“Why didn’t the Supremes just say you could display the 10 Cs on Monday, Wed, and alternate Fridays, but not on Tuesdays and Thursdays? Or that they could be viewed inside government buildings, but only on the walls of bathrooms and in janitors’ closets? Has anybody ever advanced this radical opinion — that the five justices in question may be intelligent and thoughtful people individually, but that together they form one blithering idiot?”