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  • The Scriptorium

    8/20/2005

    Judicial Victories – Ten Commandments and Christian T-Shirts

    Filed under: — Ben Rast @ 5:44 pm

    In an age where the American judiciary is actively anti-religious rather than constitutionally sound, it’s a nice opportunity to celebrate some judicial victories for religious expression. A recent Supreme Court decision is largely responsible for one of these victories:

    St. Louis, MO – In an en banc ruling, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals today overturned a lower federal court order requiring the removal of Plattsmouth, Nebraska’s Ten Commandments monument. The court had earlier vacated a three judge panel’s decision which upheld the lower court’s order….

    In its opinion, the court likened the Plattsmouth monument to the Ten Commandments monument at issue in Van Orden v. Perry, where the Supreme Court recently held that the State of Texas did not violate the Establishment Clause when it accepted a Ten Commandments monument from the Eagles. The monument was installed on the grounds of the Texas State Capitol.

    The other decision overturns a school district desire to restrict free expression of religious speech:

    A federal judge has told an Ohio school district it can no longer bar a middle school student from wearing a t-shirt with a Christian message.

    Judge George Smith has ruled that Sheridan Middle School in Thornville violated the constitutional rights of student James Nixon by prohibiting him from wearing a t-shirt bearing a quote from the Bible verse John 14:6. The front of the shirt reads: “Jesus said, ‘I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.’” The back of the shirt contains the statements: “Homosexuality is sin. Islam is a lie. Abortion is murder.”

    Although no complaints were filed over Nixon’s t-shirt, a few school officials — described by the student’s attorney as “overzealous” — deemed its message may be “offensive” to some individuals and “potentially disruptive,” and thus could not be displayed.

    These are great victories, but I stress that such victories are rare these days. The judges that rendered these decisions were strictly applying the constitution of the United States rather than actively legislating their own agendas from the bench. This highlights the importance of getting strict constitutional constructionist justices appointed to the federal bench. The Democratic senators and the liberal special interest groups to whom they are beholden will fight tooth and nail against this. Let your senators know that you want them to allow judicial nominees to receive a vote from the full senate. Filibustering judicial nominees who might actually apply the consitution is unacceptable!

    AFA Article on Ten Commandments Decision
    Agape Press Article on Christian T-Shirt Ruling
    Contact Your Senators

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