Ten Commandments Trial Continues

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A legal historian testified Tuesday that the Ten Commandments are just one of many sources of the moral foundation of American law.

Paul Finkelman, professor of law at the University of Tulsa, said other sources include the Declaration of Independence and speeches of numerous Americans through history, including Abraham Lincoln, Susan B. Anthony and Martin Luther King Junior.

Finkelman said the great source of the moral foundation of law appears to be the struggle for individual freedom. He cited Lincoln's Gettysburg address in which he said the great struggle is over the idea that all men are created equal.

Under cross-examination from Moore's attorney, Herbert Titus, Finkelman admitted he is not a Biblical scholar. Titus pointed out that during an earlier deposition, Finkelman could not say where in the Bible the Ten Commandments are located.

The non-jury trial is being held before Federal Judge Myron Thompson.


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