Crystal-Clear Decision: Ten Commandments Part of American History
by Allie Martin
(AgapePress) - A Christian attorney says the recent decision by a federal judge to allow a display of the Ten Commandments in one Kentucky courthouse shows the tide is turning against the ACLU.
The American Civil Liberties Union sued Mercer County for its display that contained God's sacred laws. The display included the Ten Commandments, the Mayflower Compact, the Declaration of Independence, and other historical documents. Each of the Ten Commandments was adopted as law by 12 of the 13 original American colonies.
Last week a federal judge dismissed the ACLU's challenge to the Ten Commandments display.
Liberty Counsel president Mat Staver says the ACLU has one goal when it comes to America's Christian heritage. "Their goal regarding America's Christian heritage is to simply rewrite America's history, because they don't like its Christian heritage," he says.
According to Staver, during the trial Judge Karl Forrester stated that the ACLU's clients may not like it, but the Ten Commandments profoundly influenced American law and government. "That's a historical fact [and] the ACLU wants to ignore it," Staver says. "In rewriting America's history, the ACLU wants to rewrite America's future."
Staver says Forrester's decision is a major blow to the ACLU, and a big victory for Christians.
"The ACLU strategically wanted to intimidate, particularly in Kentucky, all of the counties that had the Ten Commandments, and they were hoping that this strategy would result in every county and municipality caving in," he says. "They also wanted to file suit against every entity in Kentucky and around the country regarding the Ten Commandments. This really sets [the ACLU] back significantly."
The American Center for Law and Justice also helped Mercer County officials stand up to the ACLU.