High Court Won´t Touch "Ten Commandments" Case

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WASHINGTON, D.C., FEB. 25, 2002 (Zenit.org).- The U.S. Supreme Court won´t enter the church-state debate over whether the Ten Commandments may be displayed on government grounds, the Associated Press reported.



The court did not comment in refusing today to hear an appeal from Indiana Governor Frank O´Bannon, who wanted to erect a 7-foot stone monument on the Statehouse grounds in Indianapolis. O´Bannon said the Ten Commandments represent tenets of American law as much as religious teachings.

The court´s action leaves in place a jumble of conflicting court rulings across the country that allow the Ten Commandments´ display in some instances but not in others. It was the second time in less than a year that the court had skirted the Ten Commandments issue.

Last May, the court divided over whether to hear another case testing whether a different Ten Commandments monument could be displayed outside a civic building. The court opted not to hear the case, but three justices took the rare step of announcing that they would have agreed to hear it.