Exactly Three Weeks Until Oral Arguments in Our Ten Commandments Case

Feb 9, 2005

Liberty Counsel attorneys are working tirelessly in the final lap of the case of McCreary County v. ACLU of Kentucky. There are exactly three weeks left before our oral arguments at the United States Supreme Court.

Numerous organizations have written amicus briefs in support of our position in this case. The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty submitted a brief stressing that government cultural expression in the United States often contains religious elements, including symbols, monuments, and words acknowledging the contributions of America's diverse religious people. The brief states: "AIl government is to mark and make room for cultural expression generally - and one can scarcely conceive of a government that does not - some government expressions will necessarily include religious elements."

The arguments put forth by the Becket Fund are clearly supported by the various cultural and religious references in public displays, monuments, parks, and even stamps. For instance, the City of New York's Department of Parks and Recreation dedicated a plaque to mark a tree as the "Hare Krishna Tree" in order to pay homage to the "Founding of the Hare Krishna Religion in the United States." Similarly, Sharon, Vermont, is home to the Birthplace Memorial for Joseph Smith, Founder of the Mormon Church. The United States Postal Service offers stamps for Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Christmas, and Eid. All of the above are government-sponsored expressions of cultural diversity, which may include religious references.