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Pastor, Church & Law

written by Richard R. Hammar, J.D., LL.M., CPA

McCreary County v. American Civil Liberties Union

Volume 4 . Chapter 12 . § 12-18

McCreary County v. American Civil Liberties Union64 § 12-18

In 1999 two county courthouses in Kentucky hung large, gold-framed copies of an abridged text of the King James version of the Ten Commandments (including a citation to the Book of Exodus), on a courthouse wall. In one county, the placement of the Commandments responded to an order of the county requiring "the display to be posted in a very high traffic area of the courthouse." In the other county, the Commandments were hung in a ceremony presided over by a judge, who called them "good rules to live by" and who recounted the story of an astronaut who became convinced "there must be a divine God" after viewing the Earth from the moon. The judge was accompanied by the pastor of his ...

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