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Dr. Coburn Criticizes Supreme Court Decision on Ten Commandments

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Dr. Coburn Criticizes Supreme Court Decision on Ten Commandments

U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) released the following statement today in response to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling banning some Ten Commandments displays.

"Today's decision is yet another example of activist judges ignoring the Constitution and our founding principles. In an astonishing act of judicial hypocrisy, the Supreme Court outlawed some Ten Commandments displays as they sat beneath a display of the Ten Commandments. A future court may well decide that today the Supreme Court declared its own meeting chambers unconstitutional," Dr. Coburn said.

"This decision underscores the need for the Senate to confirm judges who will interpret, not rewrite, the Constitution. Far left academics and activists will celebrate this ruling because it demonstrates their success in enacting agendas through the courts that would fail at the ballot box," Dr. Coburn said, adding that according to an Associated Press poll 76 percent of Americans support displaying the Ten Commandments on government ground.

"The genius of our founders is that they recognized that individual rights derive from a Creator, not from a King or the State. Our founders were concerned that if our rights derived from the State - or a Court - they could be taken away by the State. This ruling contradicts our founders' vision of democracy and freedom," Dr. Coburn said. "Our entire system of government and belief in the rule of law is built on a foundation of religion, not irreligion. We should remind ourselves of a quote by Thomas Jefferson etched in the Jefferson Memorial. Jefferson asked in an argument today's Supreme Court might treat as a dissenting opinion, ‘Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God?'"

http://coburn.senate.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=News.PressReleases&month=6&year=2005&id=239657

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