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In Wake of Summum, Humanists Will Target Ten Commandments Monuments

In the wake of today's U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Pleasant Grove City v.Summum, 07-665, the American Humanist Association announced it has been given just what it needs to pursue the removal of 10 Commandments monuments on public property all over America.

"The unanimous decision of the Court is clear," said Bob Ritter, legal coordinator for the Appignani Humanist Legal Center of the AHA. "A permanent monument owned by a government entity and located in a public park is a form of government speech. Given this, such a monument isn't permitted to violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. And we humanists are ready to argue that 10 Commandments monuments in U.S. public parks are unconstitutional government
endorsements of religion."

Justice Samuel Alito, in his opinion on behalf of the majority, wrote: "government speech must comport with the Establishment Clause. The involvement of public officials in advocacy may be limited by law, regulation, or practice."