"I am disappointed in the Supreme Court of the United States' ruling today in a Kentucky case prohibiting the display of the Ten Commandments. I do not find anything in the United States Constitution that prohibits a state government from publicly displaying the Ten Commandments", said Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Drayton Nabers.
Disregarding the role that religion has played in shaping our society and our laws flies in the face of well-established tradition. Indeed, as Justice Scalia wrote in dissent:
I am heartened that, in a companion case from Texas, the Court upheld a Ten Commandments display. Here Chief Justice Rehnquist got it right:
By disallowing the Ten Commandments in Kentucky yet allowing them to be displayed in Texas, the Court sent confusing and contradictory signals. Justice Scalia's dissent exposes the shifting sands on which the Court has based these decisions:
Our founding fathers anticipated that the judicial branch would be the "least dangerous branch of government". When the Court departs from the plain meaning of the Constitution as written, it can become the most dangerous branch.