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Fundamentalist Bailout: Ark. Bill Asks Religious Right Legal Group To Defend Hypothetical Ten Commandments Monument

An Arkansas lawmaker’s proposal that would result in the placement of a Ten Commandments monument on public land looks like a jobs bill for a Religious Right legal organization.

Sen. Jason Rapert (R-Conway) filed a last-minute measure yesterday that would allow for the Decalogue display on the grounds of the state capitol in Little Rock. Read more

Moore Nonsense: AU Gears Up To Battle An Old Foe

Alabama’s Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy S. Moore is a crackpot. There, I’ve said it.

I like to be a polite person, but this man’s behavior is so beyond the pale, I can’t think of any other way to put it. Why? Let me count the ways.

Judge Moore was the belligerent jurist who in 2001, shortly after his election as chief justice, erected a two-and-one-half ton monument containing his favorite version of the Ten Commandments in the state Judicial Building.  Read more

Bad History: Another Ala. Official Thinks The Constitution Is Based On The Ten Commandments

An Alabama official wants to display the Ten Commandments outside a county courthouse, and he thinks he can justify the location of said monument by arguing that the famous list of biblical laws simply isn’t religious.

Instead, said Jackson County Commissioner Tim Guffey (R), he just wants people to know the supposed basis behind America’s most famous documents. Read more

Putrid Pundits: Bill O’Reilly, Ben Stein Call For More Religion In Public Life

The Religious Right is still trying to sell Americans on the idea that merging religion and government is just the thing to turn this country around in a hurry, and now they’re getting some assistance from two media personalities: Bill O’Reilly and Ben Stein.

In an interview on NBC’s “Today Show” this morning, Fox News host O’Reilly said Americans are tired of secularism.

“I think people are fed up with secularism,” he said. “It gets just to be too much.” Read more

ACLU of Florida, Inc. v. Dixie County, Florida

Late in 2006, the Dixie County Commission allowed a local resident to install a five-foot, six-ton granite Ten Commandments monument on the steps of the county courthouse. The monument -- which has the phrase “LOVE GOD AND KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS” chiseled into its base -- is the only object on the courthouse steps and is visible from the street. Read more

Poster Problems: In Giles County, Va., The Unconstitutional Writing Is On The Wall

Back in 1999, we at Americans United got word about a Pennsylvania school district that, after being prodded by a local fundamentalist minister, decided to post the Ten Commandments in a high school.

Members of the school board knew this was unconstitutional, so they tried an end-run: They designated a certain wall a “free-speech zone” and said community groups could post “character-building” material there. Naturally, the first item posted was a Ten Commandments display donated by a local church. Read more

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