March 31st, 2008 13:09 EST
High Court will decide fate of Ten Commandments
Jay Sekulow writes:
I am pleased to inform you that the Supreme Court of the United States has granted the ACLJ's Petition for Writ of Certiorari in the Ten Commandments case out of Utah - Pleasant Grove City v. Summum (No. 07-665).
We're delighted that the Supreme Court agreed to take this critical case - it's exactly what we were hoping for.
And I thank YOU for your prayers and support in this matter! This is a significant step in preserving America's religious heritage.
The Supreme Court is faced with a dramatic opportunity: preserve sound precedent involving the well-established distinction between government speech and private speech - or permit a twisted interpretation of the Constitution to create havoc in cities and localities across America.
The lower court's decision - if left unchecked - would ultimately force local governments to remove long-standing and well-established patriotic, religious, and historical displays. So the ACLJ is hard at work to see that the Supreme Court takes the necessary steps to correct this flawed reasoning.
In August 2007, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit split 6-6 over a request for the full appeals court to rehear two cases involving demands that the Utah cities of Pleasant Grove City and Duchesne City erect monuments containing the ''Seven Aphorisms'' of a group called Summum. The federal appeals court had ruled in favor of Summum in both cases, saying the group could insist upon erecting its own ''Seven Aphorisms'' monument in the city parks because the cities already displayed monuments of the Ten Commandments, which were donated decades ago.
The ACLJ contends that the lower court made a serious error in confusing government speech with private speech.
We urged the high court to take the case, maintaining that unless the lower court's decision is overturned, cities and states will be forced to face a troubling choice: remove long-standing monuments ... or permit any group to display any monument in public places.
Our brief notes that ''a host of federal, state, and local government bodies are now sitting targets for demands that they grant 'equal access' to whatever comparable monuments a given group wishes to have installed, be it Summum's Seven Aphorisms, an atheist group's Monument to Freethought, or Rev. Fred Phelps's denunciation of homosexual persons.''
Click here to review the ACLJ's Petition for Writ of Certiorari in the case of Pleasant Grove City v. Summum.
The Supreme Court granted cert in this case and is apparently holding the companion case from Utah - Duchesne City v. Summum (No. 07-690).
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