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Supreme Court / Religion in Public Life / Ten Commandments #781876

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 02, 2005
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Washington: Manuel Medrano) The Supreme Court's consideration of public displays of the Ten Commandments in government buildings examined; demonstrations outside the court & courtroom sketches by William Hennessy shown; details given of the separate cases in Texas & Kentucky; opinions of Justices Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy & Sandra Day O'Connor quoted. [Texas attorney general Greg ABBOTT†, attorney for petitioner Erwin CHEMERINSKY†- offer differing opinions on whether it {the display of the monument} is constitutional.] The implications of the broad ruling for the place of religion in public life noted.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Alexis de Tocqueville quoted about the influence of Christianity in the US.

(New York: Dan Harris) The issue of religion in public life examined; scenes shown of the Ten Commandments monument that was removed from an Alabama courthouse by federal justices; details given of the conservative Christian view that there is an "hysterical" jihad to remove any vestige of religion from public life. [At the Supreme Court, Alabama monument hauler Jim CAVENET‡- says some are trying to destroy our Christian heritage.] [ACLU president Nadine STROSSEN†- says religion is too holy to be mingled with government.] Findings of an AP/IPSOS & a Gallup poll on the public opinion on displaying the Ten Commandments or any monument to the Koran outlined on screen. [George Washington University law school professor Ira LUPU†- says religious freedom should not be put to the vote of the majority.] [At the Texas capital, two WOMEN - offer views on religious heritage & the separation of church & state.]

Jennings, Peter;
Medrano, Manuel;
Harris, Dan

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