The Foundations of American Law and Government display in the county courthouse includes the Ten Commandments, the Mayflower Compact, the Declaration of Independence, the Magna Charta, the Star-Spangled Banner, the National Motto, the Preamble to the Kentucky Constitution, the Bill of Rights to the U.S. Constitution, and a picture of Lady Justice. This display is identical to the one Liberty Counsel defended at the Supreme Court last year in two other Kentucky counties, McCreary and Pulaski. The litigation in those two cases continues and may end up again at the High Court.Look, I'm for keeping government out of religion and vice-versa as much as the next guy, if not more. But this is ridiculous. This display is clearly intended to depict exactly what its name says: the foundations of American Law and Government. It's absurd to pretend that the Ten Commandments are "just" religious in nature and that they have played absolutely no role in the shaping of our societal ethos. (I suppose you could make the argument that they shouldn't have played such a role, but not that they haven't.)
Placing the Ten Commandments in this context, surrounded by the Magna Carta, the Bill of Rights, etc., seems to me to be a wholly appropriate expression of the founding principles of America and what's left of Western Civilization. Maybe the ACLU should spend some time actually reading the Commandments, particularly the Second Commandment, which if I'm not mistaken confirms the Right of the People to Keep and Bear Arms, and is the cornerstone of our freedom.
That's not it? Well, it should be.
(FYI, the ACLU's hypocrisy when it comes to gun rights will be the topic of a future screed from the Cranky Insomniac. Oh, it's brewing. Believe you me.)
*Unless otherwise noted, all puns are intended.