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The Ten Commandments: Our history’s future on trial

ADF hopes court will rule for religious liberty
Published On: 10/18/2017

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.—Attorneys with Alliance Defense Fund are available for comment on two Ten Commandments cases before the U.S. Supreme Court March 2.  Call (480) 444-0020 to schedule interviews.

“The outcome of these two cases will either be a chipping away or a building up of religious liberty—our first liberty,” said ADF Chief Counsel Benjamin Bull.  “It’s all about taking incremental steps forward or backward.”

Bull explained that no single legal case will settle the matter once and for all.  “This is a step, but it is not the final step,” he said.  “These two cases are important, but they are part of an ongoing battle about whether Americans can acknowledge their own history.  ADF is in this for the long haul.”

ADF’s Web site provides information and history on important legal cases involving the posting or citing of the Ten Commandments on public property or by public officials, including the following two cases soon to be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court:


  • Thomas Van Orden v. Rick Perry, et al.:  An atheist’s challenge to the constitutionality of a monument donated to the people of Texas by the Fraternal Order of Eagles.  The Ten Commandments monument is one of several monuments on the Capitol grounds commemorating various aspects of Texas history.  In addition to providing funding, ADF wrote an amicus brief for this case, which was submitted to the court Jan. 31.



  • McCreary County v. ACLU:  A lawsuit originally filed by the American Civil Liberties Union seeking the removal of Ten Commandments displays at courthouses in Kentucky.  The displays include the Ten Commandments along with other historical documents that played a role in the development of American law.  ADF funded litigation and amicus briefs in this case.

In addition to these two cases, ADF has provided funding in a number of other recent Ten Commandments-related cases, including Harlan County v. ACLU, Mercier v. City of LaCrosse, ACLU of Nebraska v. City of Plattsmouth, and Summum v. City of Duchesne.

ADF is a legal alliance of Christian attorneys and like-minded organizations defending the right of people to freely live out their faith. Launched in 1994, ADF employs a unique combination of strategy, training, funding, and litigation to protect and preserve religious liberty, the sanctity of life, marriage, and the family. 

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