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Monday, June 27, 2005

Thou Shalt Not Display/Thou Shalt Display

Posted by on June 27 at 9:36 AM

This morning’s SC rulings on the 10 Commandments seem smart. If I’m reading it right, the Court said that endorsing religion is a No No, but trotting out religion in a meta way as a part of history is legit. I think that’s fair, and I like that they set a case by case precedent. Absolutes on this kind of issue can be dangerous. (For example, the Tinker case back in ‘65 re: wearing protest arm bands to school, was cool at the time, but its sweeping absolute language gives the Christian Right leverage to say religious speech can’t be 86’d from the classroom.)

What I don’t like about this morning’s rulings is that they were 5-4. That’s scary. Why so close?