A federal judge has ordered Dixie County officials to remove a 5-foot tall monument to the Ten Commandments from the front of a courthouse in Florida. The 6-ton granite waste of taxpayer money must be removed from the courthouse in 30 days, which will ultimately waste another heap of cash in an already financially strapped state. The ACLU of Florida sued the county back in 2007, citing the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.
For the Evangelicals reading this, the Establishment Clause prohibits the government from not only establishing religion, but based on case law, also prevents it from promoting or sponsoring a specific religion. This clause, as well as writings from Thomas Jefferson, is where the idea of separation of church and state in America has originated. So don’t believe everything your pastor tells you. This is not a “Christian nation.” It’s just a nation made up of a lot of Christians, who like to proclaim just how righteous they are.
The unfortunate observation in his case is that it took over 4 years for something that is blatantly unconstitutional to make its way through the courts and get decided upon. Items like this should be so black and white that such a decision should be handed down as soon as the papers are filed (exaggerating of course).
Despite the lag of the judicial system, kudos to the Florida ACLU! Hopefully this will be a springboard to remove other religious symbolism and sponsorship from government buildings and institutions.