Religious freedom and social issues
In 2018, the town of Prattville erected a monument with the 10 Commandments inscribed on its face. A private citizen donated the monument to the city, which was placed in the town square next to several bronze statues of children playing with balls and leaves. A town resident filed a preliminary injunction to have the monument removed as a violation of the prohibition of the Religious Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.
Using the cases of Van Orden v. Perry, 545 U.S. 677 (2005) and McCreary County v. American Civil Liberties Union of Ky, 545 U.S. 844 (2005), decide whether the monument should be removed or not.
- Restate the facts of the case.
- How would you decide the case?
- State the legal reasons for your final decision.
- Cite specific parts of the cases that you rely upon to make your decision.