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10 Commandments + 7 Aphorisms = “Tyrany of Labels”


In trying to decide if the town of Pleasant Grove, Utah should be required to allow an obscure religious sect, Summum, to place a monument  bearing the “Seven Aphorisms”, supposed by believers to be original tablets given to Moses, in a municipal park where the Ten Commandments now stand engraved in granite the Supreme Court, during arguments yesterday, grappled with constitutional labels  “public forum,” “limited public forum,” “government speech,”and “private speech.”  Justice Kennedy said “this case is an example of the tyranny of labels.”

NYT story here.

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