Supreme Court Rules On Placement Of Ten Commandments

(WASHINGTON, June 27, 2005) -- An advocate for separation of church and state says freedom of religion gained more then it lost today in two Supreme Court rulings.

The justices rejected two Ten Commandments displays in Kentucky courthouses, but O-K'd a granite monument on the grounds of the Texas Capitol in Austin.

Barry Lynn, the executive director for Americans United for Separation of Church and State, says the rulings are more of a victory than a defeat. He says they make clear that government buildings aren't churches and should not be decorated as such. But he admits being disappointed that the court stopped short of drawing a clean line and banning all displays on government property.

The U.S. Supreme Court will also review two Ohio cases before it ends its current session.

They involve Ten Commandment cases in Richland and Adams counties.

In one, a judge displayed the commandments in his courtroom.

In the other, the commandments were displayed in front of school buildings.

A federal appeals court in Cincinnati said both were illegal.

The justices sometimes hold private conferences in cases related to ones in which they make a ruling.

A ruling on the Ohio cases could come tomorrow morning.

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