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The Supreme Court will soon deliver a decision on whether or not state governments can display the Ten Commandments My goal in this essay is to thoroughly discuss and explain which decision will promote greater freedom in the United States The debate over the display of religious symbols in public places is one that runs very deep on both sides of the issue Any time a debate centers on something as personal as ones spiritual beliefs or lack thereof you can bet that the arguments will be heated with both sides believing they are absolutely correct Lets begin by taking a look at the 1st Amendment of the United States Constitution It says Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof According to the Dictionary the functional meaning of the word Establishment is Something established as 1 A church recognized by law as the official church of a nation or state and supported by civil authority or 2 A permanent civil or military organization By this definition one could make the argument that the court by posting a religious document such as the Ten Commandments is establishing the religion attached to the Ten Commandments in their court On the other side of this argument there are people who believe that the definition of the word establishment used in the 1st amendment literally means starting a church Usually those on this side of the argument argue that since many of our laws are based upon the Ten Commandments that it is not an endorsement of a particular religion but an endorsement of our laws The 6th Amendment in the United States Constitution does not address the church and state issue directly but in its description of the right to a fair and speedy trial there is something related to our topic The amendment states In all criminal prosecutions the accused shall enjoy the right to a
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