Sixth Circuit upheld Ten Commandments injunction in Kentucky courthouses

On June 9, 2010, the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit upheld a permanent injunction against the display of the Ten Commandments in two Kentucky courthouses. The displays, called "Foundations of Law and Government," contained eight other documents in addition to the Ten Commandments, including patriotic documents, and marked the third attempt by McCreary and Pulaski Counties to post the Ten Commandments in their respective courthouses. The US Supreme Court heard the case in 2005 and upheld an injunction against the counties' second display attempt because it did not purge the religious intent of the original. Judge Eric Clay found that the third display was simply another strategy to comply with the US Constitution for litigation purposes and did not "minimize the residue of religious purpose" created by the first two attempts.

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