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Pastor, Church & Law

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

Van Orden v. Perry

Volume 4 . Chapter 12 . § 12-19

Van Orden v. Perry65 § 12-19

The 22 acres surrounding the Texas State Capitol contain 17 monuments and 21 historical markers commemorating the "people, ideals, and events that compose Texan identity." One of the monuments is a 6-feet high portrayal of the Ten Commandments located between the state capitol and state supreme court building. An eagle grasping the American flag, an eye inside of a pyramid, and two small tablets with what appears to be an ancient script are carved above the text of the Ten Commandments. Below the text are two Stars of David and the superimposed Greek letters Chi and Rho, which represent Christ. The bottom of the monument bears the inscription "Presented to the People and Youth of Texas by the Fraternal Order of ...

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