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Church, State & Hollywood

Pondering whether the US separation of Church and State is more than facing doors across the corridor after perlmonger came up with the scarily perky http://pptkids.org/, I spotted a reference to the Supreme Court decision about when displaying the Ten Commandments is religious and when it's secular. In Texas, six-foot-tall tombstone-like monument donated to the state 40 years ago by a civic group, the Fraternal Order of Eagles is secular. Possibly because "scores of similar monuments were donated to cities and towns across the nation as part of a promotion for Cecil DeMille's epic movie 'The Ten Commandments'." http://www.csmonitor.com/2005/0628/p01s03-usju.html

Today we'd get a cardboard cutout ;-)

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elimloth
9th Sep, 2005 17:23 (UTC)
I guess it takes only ten generations for a people for forget why their ancestors ended up sailing to the wildlands to form the colonies which offered escape from religious persecution. In only 200 years many people have forgotten the meaning and depth of the separation of church and state doctrine, and why this founding concept was codified into the United States Constitution.
marypcb
9th Sep, 2005 18:10 (UTC)
Do sites like http://www.retakingamerica.com/great_america_godly_symbols_001.html mean that it's never been as separate as all that? Or that just that Moses, the ten commandments et al were part of the artistic vocabulary...
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