December 20, 2005


1st Amendment 'doesn't create church-state wall of separation' (, December 20, 2005)

Writing for the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Richard Suhrheinrich said the ACLU's "repeated reference 'to the separation of church and state' ... has grown tiresome. The First Amendment does not demand a wall of separation between church and state."

Suhrheinrich wrote: "The ACLU, an organization whose mission is 'to ensure that ... the government [is kept] out of the religion business,' does not embody the reasonable person."

The court said a reasonable observer of Mercer County's display appreciates "the role religion has played in our governmental institutions, and finds it historically appropriate and traditionally acceptable for a state to include religious influences, even in the form of sacred texts, in honoring American traditions."

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 20, 2005 7:19 PM

He should tell that Pennsylvania judge who thinks that intelligent design can't be mentioned in school.

Posted by: pj at December 20, 2005 8:33 PM

An Appeals Court will.

Posted by: oj at December 20, 2005 8:37 PM

FWIW, the origin of the phrase 'wall of separation':

Jefferson's Letter to the Danbury Baptists

Posted by: joe shropshire at December 20, 2005 8:43 PM


and even that wasn't read into the constitution until the 1940s. it's a total canard.

Posted by: oj at December 20, 2005 8:55 PM

Just as telling as what the ACLU erroneously reads into the 1st amendment, is what they conveniently read out: "no law...prohibiting the free exercise [of religion]."

Posted by: Pronate at December 20, 2005 9:11 PM

Is it too early to ask for an article from the elders of this site that concerns the recent ruling of a Pennsylvania judging on the teaching of intelligent design?

Posted by: Grog at December 21, 2005 12:50 AM

They already gave you one.
Read first.
Then troll.

Posted by: Bryan at December 21, 2005 6:33 AM

This judge is brave and he's right. No offense to those who have taken the bait on "church-state separation", but think about it ... who in their right mind would even consider the possibility of interpreting "the establishment of religion" to include things like placing the 10 Commandments in a court room. If we had never seen the kooks push this poison on us for all these decades, the notion would rightly seem absurd to the point of being laughable. Amazing what the repetition of images can do to one's thinking. This is real progress for American justice. This guy deserves a few Christmas cards!

Posted by: Aaron at December 22, 2005 12:04 AM