Or, we can examine the history of thirty years persistent and unending attacks by groups such as the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the American Civil Liberties Union, and, yes, Westboro Baptist Church on public displays of monuments depicting the Ten Commandments. If we choose to study the past, we may not be condemned to relive it through this latest iteration of attacks on our common, and yes, dare I say it, Judeo-Christian heritage.
That observation compelled the Court to conclude that the statute violated one of the tests the Court uses to measure whether government actions violate the constitutional prohibition against Establishments of Religion. The Court’s decision did not, however, project an absolute prohibition on all possible public displays of the Ten Commandments. Rather, the Court relied on the absence of a pedagogical purpose in the pervasive display:
This is not a case in which the Ten Commandments are integrated into the school curriculum, where the Bible may constitutionally be used in an appropriate study of history, civilization, ethics, comparative religion, or the like.  Posting of religious texts on the wall serves no such educational function. If the posted copies of the Ten Commandments are to have any effect at all, it will be to induce the schoolchildren to read, meditate upon, perhaps to venerate and obey, the Commanadments. However desirable this might be as a matter of private devotion, it is not a permissible state objective under the Establishment Clause.Subsequently, many cases have been brought in trial courts, and numerous appeals heard by the federal courts of appeal, on issues related to public displays of the Ten Commandments.
|Ten Commandments Monument|
Pleasant Grove City, Utah
Always opposed by superior numbers and with the advantage of position against them, their courage, discipline and leadership carried them to the very muzzles of the guns, and over by a kindly providence, which has taken away the pain yet permitted to remain every sentiment of pride, honor and intense admiration for the heroic accomplishment of our fathers.