Monuments discussed by US Supreme Court
Posted on 6:32am Friday 15th Jan 2010
A unanimous United States Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of the Ten Commandments monument in a city park in the state of Utah.
The monument had been donated to the park 40 years earlier.
A new group sought permission to put up a monument with their seven principles of faith.
The city refused, the group sued under the First Amendment. The group argued the city violated the free speech clause by discriminating against the seven principles.
The Supreme Court treated the Ten Commandments monument as a form of permissible government speech. The Court ruled that a government is entitled to say what it wishes.
The Court further ruled the city may express its views by putting up its own tax - paid monuments or by accepting monuments donated by private donors whose contents it need not fully endorse.