The Powers That Be are hard at work dismantling the Wall of Separation in Kentucky these days:
FRANKFORT – At a ceremonial signing today of a bill that would place a Ten Commandments monument on the Capitol grounds, Gov. Ernie Fletcher said he would be willing to consider displaying other religious artifacts if they, too, had significant impact on this country’s heritage, culture and law.
Fletcher justified the controversial monument by saying it is “an integral part of our history and an integral part of our law.”
Well, Governor Fletcher is half-right. It’s certainly part of our history, but not of our laws. His offer to display other religious artifacts if they had a “significant impact” on the country’s heritage, culture and laws is a transparent attempt at preemption of criticism because he can quite simply claim that any such artifacts presented are significant enough and keep the display focused entirely on the TC. Which begs the question of how they plan to make this a “historical” display in hopes it’ll pass Constitutional muster. Oh, that’s easy:
The U.S. Supreme Court last year ordered McCreary and Pulaski counties to remove Ten Commandments displays because their purpose was primarily religious. But the justices let stand a monument at the Texas Capitol, saying it was part of a secular display.
The Kentucky monument would be flanked by a marker listing its legislative and judicial history.
And *POOF!* just like that it’s no longer an intermingling of Church and State, but an Important Reminder of Historical Significance! It’s also another ridiculous example of the lengths True Believers™ will go to to force their dogma into places it doesn’t have any business being. I’d expect more legal challenges before this is all said and done.