The time has come to face reality. The morality-based Common Law parameters essential for reliable public classroom instruction have been rejected by changes in the law and forced out of public schools nationwide. What God-wannabes are doing is grinding down the spirit of liberty in the minds and hearts of students because they complain that the spirit of liberty is religious.

The Fordham Law Archive of Scholarship and History, Volume 73, Issue 4, Article 9, 2005, displays why applying either Genesis 1:1,31, the God-centered order, or the Genesis 3:4-5 deception makes all the difference in the world.

I cite an Essay, authored by Paul Finkelman. It dealt with the U.S. Supreme Court that had recently heard two Ten Commandments cases, one from Kentucky and one from Texas. The subject was, shall the Ten Commandments be allowed on the courthouse lawn and elsewhere.

The Essay began by denigrating the Judeo-Christian tradition that is the actual basis for the foundational American Charters. The article vacates the fact that law has a religious foundation. Even now, the Supreme Court begins sessions with the Marshal praying, “God save the United States and this honorable court,” and there are prominent displays of the Bible’s Ten Commandments in the Washington, D.C. Supreme Court building.

At the heart of the two Supreme Court judgments consulted by the Fordham Law Review for the Essay is their rejection of the First Amendment as written and originally applied. The First Amendment reads clearly, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Although neglected, Volume 73, page 1480 of the Fordham Law Review recorded concrete testimonies in support of Ten Commandments displays. For example, in 1918, a judge in Allegheny County Pennsylvania emphasized, at the dedication of a Ten Commandments plaque for the courthouse, that “the County was recognizing the role of the Commandments in the formation of our laws.” From the testimony of Chief Justice William Rehnquist, “. . . the Commandments have a secular significance as well, because they have made a substantial contribution to our secular legal codes.”

Americans have not been prepared for the power grab by tenured law school professors and the judges they taught as students.

~ D. Norris

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