CAN IT WITHSTAND LEGAL CHALLENGE: Sen. Jason Rapert with the monument he sponsored before its destruction by an avowed Christian.
Matt Campbell,the Lit
tle Rock lawyer who writes Blue Hog Report, has posted some lessons in 1st Amendment law
for Sen. Jason Rapert,
who has continued to defend the Ten Commandments monument on Capitol grounds against plans by the ACLU and others to sue over placement
of a religious sect's text on state grounds.
It's worth reading for those interested in the coming court battle, now delayed by destruction
of the monument yesterday by a professed Christian who nonetheless apparently also holds with separation of church and state. (And has some mental health issues.)
Campbell explains why a case that favored a similar monument in Texas has unusual elements that don't apply here and how other
case law on the issue is settled.
However ...... with the Republican-tilted U.S. Supreme Court, you just never know how settled the law might be, particularly given recent decisions on church-state issues.