WHEREAS,  on Monday, June 27, 2005, the U.S. Supreme Court in two razor thin majorities of 5-4, concluded that it is consistent with the First Amendment to display the Ten Commandments in an outdoor public square in Texas, but not on the courthouse walls of two counties in Kentucky, and

WHEREAS   a lot of the American people are deeply puzzled as to how the Court could produce two opposite results involving the same Ten Commandments, and

WHEREAS   it is appropriate to observe that based on the Kentucky decision it is all right to display the Ten Commandments in a County Courthouse provided you do not believe in God, and

WHEREAS   Justice Scalia in the Kentucky case used these words to emphasize the importance of the Ten Commandments to most Americans:

            The three most popular religions in the United States, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam-which combined account for 97.7% of all believers-are monotheistic.  See U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of Census, Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2004-2005, p. 55 (124th ed. 2004) (Table No. 67)  All of them, moreover (Islam included), believe that the Ten Commandments were given by God to Moses, and are divine prescriptions for a virtuous life.”, and

WHEREAS   Very recent polling data by a major Washington, D.C. paper revealed that a huge majority of the American people support posting the Ten Commandments:

“Seventy percent of Americans would have no objection to posting the Ten Commandments in government buildings, and eighty-five percent would approve if the Commandments are included as “one document among many historical documents” when displayed in public buildings, according to a survey conducted for the First Amendment Center.”, and

WHEREAS   S520 and HR1070 are statutes which will allow the display of the Ten Commandments in public places in America.  The operative language provides as follows:

`Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, the Supreme Court shall not have jurisdiction to review, by appeal, writ of certiorari, or otherwise, any matter to the extent that relief is sought against an entity of Federal, State, or local government, or against an officer or agent of Federal, State, or local government (whether or not acting in official or personal capacity), concerning that entity's, officer's, or agent's acknowledgment of God as the sovereign source of law, liberty, or government.'., and

WHEREAS   hearings were held on the same language in June 2004, in the Constitution, Civil Rights and Property Rights Subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee.  Hearings were also held on this statutory language in September 2004, in the Courts Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee, and

WHEREAS   Chief Justice Rehnquist in the Texas case used these words to describe the obvious duplicity of the U.S. Supreme Court in telling local governments in America that they may not display the Ten Commandments in local buildings in their communities while at the same time allowing these same Ten Commandments to be present on these specific places on the building housing the U.S. Supreme Court:

            “Since 1935, Moses has stood, holding two tablets that reveal portions of the Ten Commandments written in Hebrew, among other lawgivers in the south frieze.  Representations of the Ten Commandments adorn the metal gates lining the north and south sides of the Courtroom as well as the doors leading into the Courtroom.  Moses also sits on the exterior east façade of the building holding the Ten Commandments tablets.”, and

WHEREAS   the Kentucky decision will be used by litigants who want to remove God from the public square in America.  Sooner or later, this effort will take place in our states.  Reports have indicated that it is now underway in at least twenty-five different places in America.  Namely, to require the removal of the Ten Commandments from public buildings or public parks.

NOW THEREFORE, our County does hereby enact this Resolution requesting Congress to adopt S520 and HR1070 and in so doing protect the ability of the people of our County to:

(1)           Display the Ten Commandments in public buildings and places in our County

(2)           Express their faith in public

(3)           Retain God in the Pledge of Allegiance

(4)           Retain “In God We Trust” as our national motto

(5)           Utilize Article 3, 2.2 of the U.S. Constitution to except these areas from the jurisdiction of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Dated this ______ day of ____________, 2006