Your e-mail today about the Ten Commandments (search) debate came in at 85/15, with 85 percent saying that monuments featuring the Commandments should be allowed to remain on state property. Some of your e-mails are posted below.
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Okay, now back to the Ten Commandments cases being argued today before the U.S. Supreme Court — here are some e-mails I got from you about whether displays of the Commandments should be allowed on state property:
...I have read the entire Constitution and nothing says anything about the separation of church [and] state. In fact the Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court brings a Bible with him when he swears the President into office…
—Joseph Nocera, Waterbury, Connecticut
...I am a Christian but, how does a Jew or a Muslim or an atheist (or anyone else) feel when their government uses its premises for the seeming promotion of Christianity? I don't believe that the founding fathers wanted it anymore than I do...
—Patricia Lack, Phoenix, Arizona
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