CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 1997
South Carolina has become the most recent battle zone in the debate over the right to post the Ten Commandments in a government building. Three Charleston residents have filed a lawsuit to block the county council from hanging the Ten Commandments in its chambers, saying it would violate the 1st Amendment guarantee of freedom of religion.
November 19, 2002 |
A federal judge ruled that a Ten Commandments monument installed in Alabama's judicial building by the state's chief justice must be removed because it violates the separation of church and state. "Its sloping top and the religious air of the tablets unequivocally call to mind an open Bible resting on a podium," U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson said. Chief Justice Roy Moore's attorney said the chief justice would appeal.
August 20, 2003 |
A federal appeals court rejected two requests from the chief justice of Alabama's Supreme Court to lift an order to remove his Ten Commandments monument from the state judicial building in Montgomery. The U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Chief Justice Roy Moore's requests, saying he had failed to ask for a stay within the legal time frame after it ruled against him July 1.
September 14, 2003 |
Groups that filed suit to force the removal of a Ten Commandments display from a courthouse facade in West Chester have decided not to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. The American Civil Liberties Union filed the suit in October 2001 on behalf of the Freethought Society. The U.S.
February 23, 1997
Re "Defying the Law In Support of the Law" (Feb. 13): What part of the separation of church and state don't Judge Roy Moore, Alabama Gov. Forrest James Jr. and their supporters understand? Far from seeming "a bit trivial," as your story suggests, the issue is the 1st Amendment, the very keystone of our society. With Judge Moore "just saying no" to enforcing the Constitution (his sworn duty) and Gov. James threatening dissenters with physical violence by calling out the National Guard and the state troopers to keep the Ten Commandments plaque in Moore's courtroom)
July 14, 1999 |
When he tossed off a snappy answer to a query about the Ten Commandments last month, Republican presidential hopeful George W. Bush may have thought he was responding to a seemingly clear-cut measure passed by the House. But the Texas governor's assertion that the public could rally around a "standard version" of the commandments focused attention on a theological dispute that goes back centuries.
June 29, 2005
Re "Justices Limit Public Display of Religion," June 28: The U.S. Supreme Court has stated it is OK to display a religious symbol on government property as long as it is for a historical reason and not an endorsement of any one religion. Following that logic, the L.A. County seal (with the cross representing our historical founding) should now be saved from extinction. The cross does not endorse one religion over another, it represents our history. Louis Grinbaum Northridge The only commandment that is even faintly religious is the First: "I am the Lord your God. Thou shalt have no God besides me," which supports monotheism but does not name a specific religion or divine being.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 23, 1999 |
Reaffirming their belief that their schoolchildren lack a moral compass, trustees of the Val Verde Unified School District nonetheless voted Monday night to rescind their earlier decision to post the Ten Commandments at school offices. The district, said school board President Robert Givens, could not afford the legal fees to fight the issue in court, where the matter was headed after a lawsuit was filed last week by the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California.
August 3, 2002 |
Amid the rolling hills of rural southwest Ohio, four high schools display identical sets of five monuments placed neatly in front of their new buildings. The tombstone-like monuments highlight historic legal documents, such as the Declaration of Independence and the Magna Carta. But the monument in the center, with the Ten Commandments etched in granite, is the one that has caused controversy.
November 14, 2003 |
Alabama's chief Supreme Court justice, Roy Moore, whose refusal to take down a monument of the Ten Commandments in the courthouse made him a lightning rod in the debate over the place of religion in public life, was removed from his job Thursday. Citing his defiance of a federal court and his failure to express regret for his actions, the nine-member Court of the Judiciary in Montgomery, Ala., ruled unanimously that Moore must step down from his job as the state's ranking judicial officer.