ACLJ: Court Must Overturn Commandments Ruling

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The American Center for Law and Justice wants the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a decision removing a poster featuring the Ten Commandments from an Ohio courtroom.

The poster was titled, "Philosophies of Law in Conflict." Ohio Common Pleas Court Judge James DeWeese had posted it to demonstrate the conflict between legal and moral philosophies.

The judge used a version of the Ten Commandments as symbolic of moral absolutes and a set of statements from sources, such as the Humanist Manifesto, as symbolic of moral relativism.

Earlier this year, a federal appeals court said the display was unconstitutional.

The ACLJ on Wednesday urged the high court to hear the case. The group wants the justices to overturn the decision by the lower appeals court that determined the display violated the First Amendment and had to be removed.

"We believe it's critical for the Supreme Court to take this case and overturn a flawed decision that conflicts with Supreme Court precedent and other appeals courts," ACLJ Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow said.

"This display is not only appropriate, but constitutional as well. It merely reflects a legal philosophy embraced by our founders: a society's legal system must rest on moral absolutes as opposed to moral relativism, and that abandonment of moral absolutes leads to societal breakdown and chaos," he added.

"We're hopeful that the high court will take this case and overturn this flawed decision," he said.

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