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06/27/05 - Tyler

East Texans React To Ten Commandments Ruling

The supreme court says "yes" and "no" to displaying the Ten Commandments on public property. And one of the rulings has a big impact in Texas.

In one case, the court said "no" to the commandments being displayed inside two courthouses in Kentucky. The justices say those displays promote a religious message.

The 2nd ruling is "yes" to a monument being displayed outside the Texas capitol in Austin.

The supreme court's rulings basically say it's ok to display the Ten Commandments inside and outside government buildings, as long as they're not promoting religion.

Senator John Cornyn expressed his frustration.

"The court is dealing with their own confused and self-contradictory decisions."

The supreme court's majority opinion was based on the first amendment. When it comes to different religions or non-religion, justices say the government must remain neutral.

East Texans may disagree on whether the biblical document should be displayed at all, but most of them agree, the supreme court did not make a clear-cut decision.

In the Texas case, the high court said the Ten Commandments are allowed because they are placed with 17 other historic displays on a 22- acre lot.

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