Johnson County Settles Ten Commandments Suit

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MOUNTAIN CITY, Tenn. (AP) -- Johnson County, Tenn., has agreed to
show a local man's display promoting church-state separation in the
courthouse's "public forum" area.

The agreement is part of a settlement in a case where Ralph Stewart accused local officials of promoting Christianity.

According to the suit, the county allowed a large plaque of the Ten Commandments to hang in the courthouse lobby as part of a display on the history of American law.

Stewart's display was not allowed. It consists of posters titled "On the Legal History of the Separation of Church and State" and declaring that "The Ten Commandments Are Not the Foundation of American Law."

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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