Argued: Elkhart vs. Brooks — The 7th Circuit Court will rule that a Fraternal Order of Eagles Ten Commandments monument at an Indian city hall was unconstitutional. The U.S. Supreme Court will later let this ruling stand when it is appealed to them.
The 7th Circuit Court ruling will say, in part:
"In accepting the monument, the City...aimed to provide a code of conduct for the citizens of Elkhart to follow. The code chosen, however, was a religious code that focuses not only on subjects that are the legitimate concern of civil authorities, but also subjects that are beyond the ken of any government and that address directly the relationship of the individual human being and God.
That the purpose was to endorse, through governmental sponsorship, a code of religious values is further established by the program of speakers at the dedication of the monument: a Protestant minister, a Catholic priest, and a Jewish rabbi. ...
Indeed, this monument impermissibly suggests that, in this community, there are "ins" and "outs." The monument contains the Stars of David and the symbol of Christ, representing respectively Judaism and Christianity, two of the religions no doubt particularly represented in the Elkhart community, but by no means the total of all those who depend on the City of Elkhart as their local government."
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