The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals has slapped down the ACLU and its most recent attempt to eliminate religion from the public sphere.

We will not presume endorsement from the mere display of the Ten Commandments. If the reasonable observer perceived all government references to the Deity as endorsements, then many of our Nation's cherished traditions would be unconstitutional, including the Declaration of Independence and the national motto. Fortunately, the reasonable person is not a hyper-sensitive plaintiff.... Instead, he 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 legal traditions.

That's the essence, but there's more criticism of the ACLU, including a passage accusing the group that supposedly favors "civil liberties" of purposefully conflating "endorsement" and mere "recognition".

(HT: Clayton Cramer.)



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