Vigils Planned Ahead of Landmark Ten Commandments Cases

Christian groups planned vigils and news conferences ahead of the landmark Supreme Court hearings on the public display of the Ten Commandment monuments tomorrow.

The Christian Defense Coalition will lead a prayer vigil at the Supreme Court and will march to the Imani Temple on Tuesday.

Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition, said he hopes the values of the Ten Commandment will be recognized by the Supreme Court.

"It is our hope and prayer that the Justices of the Supreme Court will honor and respect the principles of the First Amendment and our Founding Fathers and allow the public display of the Ten Commandments,” said Mahoney. “The values embraced in the Decalogue have been the foundation of American jurisprudence for two centuries and have untied citizens of all faiths, traditions and believes. If the First Amendment was crushed in these cases, the United States government would have to sandblast thousands of Ten Commandments displays from public buildings...including the Supreme Court itself."

Ten Commandments supporters will also hold a prayer vigil outside of the Supreme Court at the time of the hearings, 10:00am to 12:00pm, Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Mathew Staver, President and General Counsel of Liberty Counsel who will present oral arguments before the Court in the McCreary County v ACLU of Kentucky case, said he will explain the importance of religion in our nation’s development tomorrow.

“Tomorrow, when I walk through the double doors leading to the Supreme Court’s chambers, I will see the Ten Commandments. The engraved Ten Commandments on the Court’s double wooden door entrance and the bronze gates to the side exits, or Moses holding the Ten Commandments in Hebrew script inside the chambers, have not established a religion,” said Staver. “The Ten Commandments are a universally recognized symbol of law that has influenced our laws, our government and even our common vernacular. Displaying them in a courthouse is a permissible acknowledgment of religion and of the role religion has played in shaping our Nation.”

The Supreme Court is not likely to come to a decision before June. However, the rulings are likely to affect every Ten Commandments display in the country, and may set the future course for other governmental acknowledgments of religion.

For more information on defending the Ten Commandments, visit: www.defendtheten.org