The supreme court has decided to hear cases about weither the 10 Commandments being posted in government buildings — such as the Supreme Court, itself — violates the "Establishment Clause" of the First Ammendment. Now we won't hear a ruling on this until summer, so here is a little food for thought in the interum: 1) The 10 Commandments are the foundation of the Mosaic Law (as in the law from Moses) which is the oldest law in written history. So one could certainly argue that the first law influenced in some part all laws to follow. Therefore, posting the 10 Commandments in courthouses makes sense from a law history point of view. 2) The posting of the 10 Commandments is a long American Tradition. Much like "under God" in the pledge or "In God We Trust" on our money, these postings are historical pieces of tradition in a country that was founded by people that were largely Judeo-Christian. (For more info on the influence of religion in early American documents: ) Now you may think our Country should be as slanted towards Judeo-Christian ideas as when we were founded or you may not. But you have to agree it's a little STRANGE that the Supreme Court will be deciding if it is consitutional to post the 10 Commandments in government buildings, while the said commandments are hanging on the wall behind them. What do you think? Here are the two pertinant excerpts: 1st Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. Surprisingly short isn't it? (Especially considering how much press it gets and the power it wields.) Ex 20:1-17: Then God spoke all these words, saying, “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. [1] “You shall have no other gods before Me. [2] “You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. “You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me, [6] but showing lovingkindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments. [3] “You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain. [4] “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. [9] “Six days you shall labor and do all your work, [10] but the seventh day is a sabbath of the LORD your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant or your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you. [11] “For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day and made it holy. [5] “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the LORD your God gives you. [6] “You shall not murder. [7] “You shall not commit adultery. [8] “You shall not steal. [9] “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. [10] “You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife or his male servant or his female servant or his ox or his donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor.” (NAS Version) Supreme Court Reviews 10 Commandments