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brother john
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There was recently a big discussion in the state of Alabama about the legality of posting the Ten Commandments (the ones from the Bible -- not the movie poster) in public courtrooms.

Is it true that the Ten Commandments are engraved on the wall of the building where the Supreme Court meets? I am sure that one of you "pronto researchers" knows this one. It will be interesting to see if this one is reality or rhetoric.

brother "i need two tablets" john


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Kathy B
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I assume you are referring ot the US Supreme Court Building, not whatever building the Alabama Supreme court uses. Nothing on the Suspreme court Web site syas the ten commandments are depicted. According to a posting on talk.politics.misc
quote:

>:|The truth is, the Ten Commandments are depicted in mutiple places in the
>:|artwork adorning the Supreme Court Building.

Multiple?
Hmmmmmmm, the facts are:

There is one depiction showing Moses sitting, holding two blank stone tablets

There is one depiction showing Moses standing holding one stone tablet

There are two stone tablets depicted with Roman Numbers I-X carved in the oak doors

There is one depiction, above the Bench where Justices sit in the courtroom that shows one single tablet flanked by two male figures which represent "MAJESTY OF LAW" and "POWER OF GOVERNMENT" The tablet between them
symbolizes early written laws.


Here is a page that alleges the 10 commandments are all over the building.


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Sister Ray
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Yes, they are displayed and I don't think it's illegal. However, they are being used as an example of early forms of law. Also displayed are such things as Hammurabi's code and the Magna Carta. It's not being used in a religious sense, so that in my mind is not objectionable in a public place.

Sister "fought the law" Ray


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Grumpy
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My only objection to the carvings of tablets with Roman numerals on them is that some people (more than you'd think) invoke the sculpture as if it was legal precedent itself.

As for Alabama, the newly elected Chief Justice of the state Supreme Court is none other than Roy "Praise the Lord" Moore. This is the guy who -did- hang a wooden tablet with the 10 C's in his own courtroom. He was ordered to remove them, as they actually did contain specific phrases which would be at odds with the Bill of Rights, which are the only 10 Commandments a judge should be concerned with.

--Thou shalt not covet Grumpy's ass


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