Before 1980 the Ten Commandments graced the walls of Kentucky schools. But after the US Supreme court ruled 5-4 in Stone vs. Graham, it was no more. A couple of opinions were rendered and I’ve just posted them here because it is important to know the other side of this case. Here’s part of what one judge said in relation to this case.
Posting of religious texts on the wall serves no such educational function. If the posted copies of the Ten Commandments are to have any effect at all, it will be to induce the schoolchildren to read, meditate upon, perhaps to venerate and obey, the Commandments.
Children induced to read, meditate and possibly obey the commandments? How horrific would that be? Justice Rehnquist included these words from Justice Jackson in his dissenting opinion for this case.
The fact is that, for good or for ill, nearly everything in our culture worth transmitting, everything which gives meaning to life, is saturated with religious influences, derived from paganism, Judaism, Christianity — both Catholic and Protestant — and other faiths accepted by a large part of the world’s peoples.
One can hardly respect the system of education that would leave the student wholly ignorant of the currents of religious thought that move the world society for a part in which he is being prepared. ”
There is lots more to to this case that I’m sure lawyers would love to argue about, but for me I just see that the 10 commandments were there, not be taught, just there. Let’s not throw out our heritage.Tags: Christianity, Stone vs. Graham, Rehnquist