Justices hear rock-solid arguments in favor of Ten Commandments displays
WASHINGTON—Alliance Defense Fund attorneys who observed oral arguments in two Ten Commandments cases before the U.S. Supreme Court today reported that the justices seemed to understand the issues involved, even acknowledging the importance of the Commandments to American history.
“The justices both said and understood from the arguments of the counsel that the Ten Commandments are a universal symbol of law that comes from God,” said ADF Senior Counsel Jordan Lorence. “They understood that this is reflected in the earliest history of the United States and should be allowed under the Establishment Clause.”
Earlier ADF Chief Counsel Benjamin Bull explained that, regardless of how the court decides today’s two cases, no single legal case will settle the matter once and for all. “This is a step, but it is not the final step,” he said. “These two cases are important, but they are part of an ongoing battle about whether Americans can acknowledge their own history. ADF is in this for the long haul.”
Ironically, the very building where the cases were argued today contains a wall carving of Moses holding stone tablets that list the Ten Commandments.
The two cases are Thomas Van Orden v. Rick Perry, et al. and McCreary County v. ACLU. Information on the cases—as well as resources on Ten Commandments litigation in general—can also be found on ADF’s Ten Commandments Web page.
ADF attorneys are available to the media for comment on today’s oral arguments by calling (480) 444-0020.
ADF is a legal alliance of Christian attorneys and like-minded organizations defending the right of people to freely live out their faith. Launched in 1994, ADF employs a unique combination of strategy, training, funding, and litigation to protect and preserve religious liberty, the sanctity of life, marriage, and the family.