Keeping the Commandments

Ecclesiastical Law Journal 11 (2009): 329-331

Emory Legal Studies Research Paper No. 15-376

3 Pages Posted: 26 Dec 2015 Last revised: 2 Sep 2019

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John Witte

Emory University School of Law

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

This brief article defends the Supreme Court case of Pleasant Grove v. Summum (2009), which upheld a longstanding display of a privately-donated Decalogue monument in a public park. Old religious displays in public life like this deserve greater deference, and the First Amendment Establishment Clause should not provide a taxpayer with a heckler’s veto over a community’s decision to maintain the symbol.

Keywords: First Amendment; religious symbols; establishment clause; Pleasant Grove case

Suggested Citation

Witte, John, Keeping the Commandments (2009). Ecclesiastical Law Journal 11 (2009): 329-331, Emory Legal Studies Research Paper No. 15-376, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2705580

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