Wednesday, February 09, 2005
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From the "Needs a Life" Files

Fox: 9th Circuit Court Sued Over Ten Commandments -- The federal appeals court that ruled the Pledge of Allegiance was an unconstitutional endorsement of religion is being sued for allegedly displaying the Ten Commandments on its seal and courthouses. James Taranto at Opinion Journal writes:
It turns out there's someone nuttier than the Ninth Circuit. Ryan Donlon, "who was admitted to practice before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in June," is suing the circuit, alleging that "the certificate admitting him contains the court's seal which unlawfully contains what he believes is a tablet object representing the Ten Commandments," reports the Associated Press. According to the AP, "Cathy Catterson, the court's clerk, said the seal highlights a woman, known as 'the Majesty of the Law' who is reading a large book. At her feet is a tablet with 10 unreadable lines on it--what Donlon believes is the Ten Commandments." Catterson acknowledges that the tablet has "the same shape" as the Ten Commandments, but "you can't read the text of it." Just to keep us safe from religious influence, perhaps the court ought to ban from federal property any list of 10 items, including the Bill of Rights, Roger Ebert's list of the Ten Greatest Films of All Time, and David Letterman's Top Ten Ways to Make Religious History More Entertaining (No. 2: "Epic new film: 'The Ten Commandments Broken By Darryl Strawberry'). This would apply to state and local property too, though some might argue that would violate the Nth Amendment.