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Constitutional Law Keyed to Barnett
McCreary County, Kentucky v. ACLU of Kentucky
Citation:545 U.S. 844 (2005)
In 1999, the two Counties in Kentucky put up framed copies of the Ten Commandments in county courthouses. The courthouses also featured copies of the Bill of Rights, Declaration of Independence, and other founding era texts. Next to the Ten Commandments hung a comment that stated that the “Ten Commandments have profoundly influenced the formation of Western legal thought and the formation of [the United States].” In one of the counties, the Ten Commandments were posted after a ceremony where a pastor “testified to the certainty of the existence of God.”
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