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Introduction
Prohibitions on Display of the Ten Commandments
Damage to Religious Tolerance
Argument for Posting Based on False Premises
Ten Commandments Controversies
Conclusion


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The Ten Commandments Controversy:
A First Amendment Perspective

(revised 2005) RULE
Conclusion

Posted: July 19, 2005

Opposition to state-sponsored posting of the Ten Commandments does not arise out of hostility to the timeless values conveyed in Exodus 20:1-17. Rather, it arises out of a profound respect for the diversity of religions in America today -- those that embrace Biblical law and those that derive their ethics and values from other texts. By adhering to the principle and spirit of separation of church and state we best fulfill the Constitution's legacy of religious liberty for all Americans.

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