Beyond the commandments

God's laws on our doorposts
This summer the U.S. Supreme Court will rule on several cases involving the constitutionality of displaying the Ten Commandments on government property. Public opinion is fairly clear on this question: according to a Gallup poll, 76 percent say state governments should be allowed to display the Ten Commandments, and only 21 percent disagree. Groups supporting public displays, like the newly formed Judeo-Christian Council for Constitutional Restoration, have launched a public relations blitz to ensure that the Supreme Court justices get the message—leave your hands off the Ten Commandments.

The Supreme Court may conclude that the Ten Commandments have been a formative influence in Western jurisprudence; that they constitute the core of civil law; and that since their role in public life is not explicitly religious, displaying them does not violate the First Amendment.


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