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  Ten Commandments Monument
by Stephen-KarenConn

Favorite thing: No doubt the most controversial monument on the Texas State Capitol grounds is this one to the Ten Commandments. The text, sacred to both Jews and Christians, was reportedly handed down by God to Moses on Mt. Sinai in ancient times. It is the moral code upon which most of the laws of western civilization are based.

Although the overwhelming majority of Texans approve of the Ten Commandments being displayed on the Capitol grounds, a small minority tend to become very shrill in denouncing anything religious other than their own religion of Secular Humanism.

This small granite monument of the Ten Commandments was at the center of a 2005 U.S. Supreme Court case, Van Orden v. Perry, in which the display was challenged as unconstitutional. In late June 2005, the Court ruled that the display was not unconstitutional and that the monument could remain.

Hooray for the Supreme Court doing what was right.

Supreme Court Ten Commandments Decision

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  • Updated Jan 26, 2007
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