Court of Appeals Denies ACLU’s Request to Remove Ten Commandments Display

Liberty Alerts, Liberty Counsel

Today, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals denied the ACLU’s request to rehear ACLU v. Grayson County, Kentucky, in which the Court upheld a display including the Ten Commandments in Leitchfield, Kentucky. Since 2005, every federal court of appeals which has addressed Ten Commandments displays has upheld them. The ACLU has not won a Ten Commandments case at the court of appeals level since 2005.

Four months ago, the Circuit Court ruled in favor of Liberty Counsel’s client, Grayson County. Mathew Staver, Founder of Liberty Counsel and Dean of Liberty University School of Law, presented the winning oral argument in April 2009. The display, entitled “Foundations of American Law and Government,” was located on the second floor of Grayson County’s courthouse and includes the Ten Commandments, Magna Carta, Mayflower Compact, Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, Preamble to the Kentucky Constitution, Star-Spangled Banner, National Motto, and a picture of Lady Justice, with an explanation of the significance of each. The purpose of the display is educational and is intended to reflect a sampling of documents that played a significant role in the development of the legal and governmental system of the United States.

The case began in 2002 when the ACLU filed a lawsuit against Grayson County, and a federal judge ruled against the display. In 2005, this same Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the same Ten Commandments display in Mercer County, Kentucky, which Liberty Counsel also defended. Since 2005, when Staver argued in favor of the same Foundations Display for McCreary and Pulaski Counties, four federal courts of appeal have upheld the Ten Commandments. Three of these four involve the same Foundations Display, and the counties have been represented by Liberty Counsel.

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