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Cold War Scout
02-10-2005, 01:36 PM
Appeals Court Sued for 'Ten Commandments' Seal, Mosaic
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) 2.09.05, 8:25a -- The federal appeals court that ruled the Pledge of Allegiance was an unconstitutional endorsement of religion is being sued for allegedly displaying the Ten Commandments on its seal and courthouses.
The case was brought by Pleasanton attorney Ryan Donlon, who was admitted to practice before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in June. In his lawsuit against the San Francisco-based court, he said the certificate admitting him contains the court's seal which unlawfully contains what he believes is a tablet object that "represents the Judeo-Christian Decalogue commonly referred to as the Ten Commandments."
Cathy Catterson, the court's clerk, said the seal highlights a woman, known as "the Majesty of the Law" who is reading a large book. At her feet is a tablet with 10 unreadable lines on it, what Donlon believes is the Ten Commandments.
Catterson said the tablet has "the same shape" of the Ten Commandments but "you can't read the text of it."
She said the drawing became the court's seal decades ago, and is a depiction of a tile mosaic in one of the century-old courthouse's ornate courtrooms.
"It's been up there for 100 years," she said.
In 2002, the appeals court sided with an atheist father who challenged the words "under God" in the pledge, ruling that the pledge that public school children recite each day was an unconstitutional endorsement of religion.
The U.S. Supreme Court dismissed the case, saying the father, Michael Newdow, did not have legal standing to bring the case because he did not have custody of his elementary school-aged daughter and because the girl's mother objected to the lawsuit.
In 1980, the Supreme Court declared unconstitutional the public display of the Ten Commandments in public schools.
The high court is now considering challenges whether displays of the commandments in Kentucky courthouses and a monument on the Texas state Capitol grounds violate the separation of church and state.
Donlon, in his suit filed Friday, is urging the 9th Circuit to remove what he says are the Ten Commandments from the 9th Circuit's courtrooms, letterhead and seal.
The case is Donlon v. United States, 05-0536.

Kobra
02-10-2005, 03:31 PM
Why did you leave out Jews? It is an attack on them as well. Don't Muslims also hold up the Ten Commandments as regulative? I suppose it is one of my pet peeves, but "Christians" don't have a corner on morality like they do concerning the Gospel. What I mean is a Jew could fight shoulder to shoulder with a Christian to have the Decalogue posted monumentally on public grounds, but he couldn't, and wouldn't (unless he's a wacknut), fight for a posting of the Christian Gospel on public grounds.

Kobra

Cold War Scout
02-11-2005, 05:44 AM
No argument from me and no slight intended. My intention was really to show one more example of attacks by the Godless and amoral(sp?) on the moral fabric of our society. To those who think that AQ is a more deadly enemy of America than the cancerous ultra-liberals in our midst, think again.