THEIST_WATCH Msg : 8 Written : 06/13/94 05:20pm From : ROBIN MURRAY-O'HAIR Status : To : A

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THEIST_WATCH Msg : 8 Written : 06/13/94 05:20pm From : ROBIN MURRAY-O'HAIR Status : To : ALL Subj : 10 Commandments Law THE TEN COMMANDMENTS The Supreme Court of the United States has just refused to review the case of _Cobb County v. Harvey,_ (S. Ct. 93-1721). In that case, the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals agreed with a lower federal district court that a plaque of the Ten Commandments had to be removed from a wall (across from the traffic courtrooms) in the Cobb Country State Court Building in Marietta, Georgia. The plaque had been there for twenty-seven years, so it was about time. It was in the 1960s that the Fraternal Order of the Eagles (FOE) began putting both plaques and marble monoliths either in court houses and city/county buildings, or on their lawns. Each sported the Ten Commandments, two stars of David, an ancient Hebraic alphabet and the name of the FOE donors. Challenged once before in Utah, the federal district court there upheld the display of the Ten Commandments and the 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals agreed. So - there - we have it. The tenth circuit court approves of such displays in Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma, but the eleventh circuit court disapproves of such displays in Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. And the Supreme Court of the United States (which has refused to review either circuit court decision) has carved on its outside walls a relief of Moses standing with two large stone tablets on which are written (by the finger of god) the Ten Commandments. THEIST_WATCH Msg : 27 Written : 07/03/94 07:24pm From : ROBIN MURRAY-O'HAIR Status : To : ALL Subj : Atlanta's 10 Commandments GEORGIA 10 COMMANDMENT PROTESTS You would think that folks this god-fearing would have some respect for the law. But apparently the word of the Supreme Court isn't enough to make Atlanta residents keep church out of government. On May 31, the Supreme Court refused to review a lower court ruling that a Ten Commandments plaque in the Cobb Country Courthouse was unconstitutional. The Cobb County Commission had sent 2 1/2 years fighting for the right to keep the religoius display. Now three local chuches plan to distribute 50,000 copies of the Ten Commandments in order to counter the decision. The 11 by 14-inch posters will include a tear-off reply card with the address of the American Rights Coalition, a Tennessee-based anti-abortion hot line. It will be accompanied by information on starting local "Ten Commandments campaigns." *********************************************************************** * * * American Atheists website: http://www.atheists.org * * PO Box 140195 FTP: ftp://ftp.atheists.org * * Austin, TX 78714-0195 * * Voice: (512) 458-1244 Dial-THE-ATHEIST: * * FAX: (512) 467-9525 (512) 458-5731 * * * * Atheist Viewpoint TV: avtv@atheists.org * * Info on American Atheists: info@atheists.org, * * & American Atheist Press include your name and mailing address * * AANEWS -Free subscription: aanews-request@listserv.atheists.org * * and put "info aanews" in message body * * * * This text may be freely downloaded, reprinted, and/other * * otherwise redistributed, provided appropriate point of * * origin credit is given to American Atheists. * * * ***********************************************************************

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