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Ten Commandments: News, Resources, and Background Information

Should displays of the Ten Commandments be allowed in public buildings, or would that be a violation of the separation of church and state? Should large monuments be erected on the grounds of courthouses or legislative buildings? Should there be posters of them in schools and other municipal buildings? Or do such displays all violate the separation of church and state?
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  2. Ten Commandments: Analysis (14)
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  5. Commandments, Politics, Law (23)
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Ten Commandments - Law, Religion, Politics and the Ten Commandments
The Ten Commandments have a lot of religious significance for Jews, Christians, and even Muslims. In America, though, they also have a lot of legal significance — not because they are the basis for any laws, as many Christians claim, but rather because of all the lawsuits over Christians' attempts to get governments to endorse or promote the...

Ten Commandments & Law: Social, Political, and Legal Issues
The Ten Commandants are first and foremost a religious document, describing a covenental relationship between the Jews and their god. It is, however, a religious document with many social and religious implications. Some religious theists take these implications so far as to insist that civil laws are or should be based on the Ten Commandments, that everyone should learn about the Ten Commandment…

Ten Commandments: Religious Issues, Religious Debates
Because the Ten Commandments establish a covenant between the Jews and their god, it must be approached first and foremost as a religious document. Because Judaism is an important basis for both Christianity and Islam, the Ten Commandments have religious implications for all three religions. Each religion treats them slightly differently, each...

Court Decisions on the Ten Commandments
Should displays of the Ten Commandments be allowed in public buildings? Should large monuments be erected on the grounds of courthouses or legislative buildings? Should there be posters of the Ten Commandments in schools and other municipal buildings? Some argue that they are part of our legal history, but others contend that they are inherently...

Ten Commandments as the Basis of Law
The Christian Right today insists that the Ten Commandments should be regarded as the basis for American law. They are minorities in this, but it should be acknowledged that they aren't the first to make such an assertion. This belief has been standard to Catholic theologians for centuries.

10 Commandments in America: The Political, Social, and Religious Context
The Ten Commandants are first and foremost a religious document, describing the covenental relationship between the Jews and their god. It is, however, a religious document with many social and religious implications. Because of the multiplicity of Christian denominations, it is inevitable that the Christian views of the Ten Commandments would be both confusing and contradictory.

Introduction to the Ten Commandments: What Are the Ten Commandments?
The Ten Commandments are a set of ten basic rules of behavior, mostly negative in construction, that appear in the ancient Hebrew scriptures and are directed at the Hebrews as God’s chosen people. Tradition holds that these rules were delivered to them by God via Moses, who climbed to the top of Mount Sinai during the Hebrews’ journey through...

Analysis of the Ten Commandments: Background, Meaning, Implications
Most people know the Ten Commandments - or perhaps it is better to say that they think they know the Ten Commandments. The commandments are one of those cultural products that people imagine that they understand, but in reality, they frequently can't even name all of them, let alone explain them.

Judge Roy Moore: Ten Commandments & the Law
Roy Moore is a genuine celebrity for the Religious Right in America - his perpetual court cases over his various displays of the Ten Commandment have become a popular cause for fundamentalists around the country. Because of this, the court cases involving Moore play an important role in the relationship not only between church and state, but...

Court Decisions on the Ten Commandments
Some argue that the Ten Commandments are part of our legal history, but others contend that they are inherently religious and, therefore, cannot be allowed. Here you will find summaries and explanations of some of the many court decisions handed down on whether the government can post and promote the Ten Commandments.

Ten Commandments Bibliography: Major Sources Used
Most important sources used in various articles on the Ten Commandments - religion, politics, society, and more.

The Ten Commandments, American History and American Law
"One of the many justifications made by those in favor of posting the Ten Commandments on public property is the claim that the Ten Commandments are historically significant to American law." That view, however, is flawed - as demonstrated by this analysis of Western Law and the Ten Commandments.

Do you Agree There Should Be More Religious Displays in Public Buildings?
A 2005 poll conducted by the ADL found that 64% of all Americans believe that public buildings should have more religion. Do you agree that there should be more religious symbols on public buildings? Why or why not?

Getting Christian Support for Removing the Ten Commandments from Government
Only 18% of Americans support taking Ten Commandments displays or signs out of government buildings. Can this be changed?

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