Court hears another case that wants to censor 10 Commandments

July 15, 2023
World Net Daily

This story was originally published by the WND News Center.

A fight in court over a representation of the biblical Ten Commandments in Arkansas is completely unnecessary, according to officials with First Liberty Institute.

Multiple anti-Christian organizations have sued over a stone monument in the state.

But, officials with First Liberty Institute say the case could be ended immediately.

"The Supreme Court already settled this debate. Displays that are part of the history and tradition of America, like the Ten Commandments, are presumed to be constitutional," said Lea Patterson, counsel at First Liberty.

"Displaying the Ten Commandments—a symbol of law and moral conduct with both religious and secular significance—is a longstanding national tradition as a matter of law. The court should summarily reject these anti-religion activist organizations' unfounded lawsuits"

Arguments were heard just days ago in U.S. District Court Eastern District of Arkansas, but the judge did not rule immediately.

First Liberty is working with the Arkansas office of the attorney general to fight the demands of the Satanic Temple, the Freedom from Religion Foundation, the American Humanist Association, the Arkansas Society of Freethinkers, and others.

The monument is at the Arkansas state capitol.

It was placed there after state lawmakers in 2015 authorized it. It was funded by private donations.

When it was erected in 2017, it took only four hours for a driver to hit it, destroying it, with his pickup truck. It then was replaced in 2018.

The Supreme Court's recent precedent on the issue comes from Van Orden v. Perry, in which the justices affirmed a nearly identical Texas monument.

report from Arkansas Online said the case is being heard by U.S. District Court Judge Kristine G. Baker.

One of the groups complaining about the monument is a walking and cycling club whose members "pass the monument regularly."

The lawsuits claim the monument violates the First Amendment.

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