Trial Over Arkansas’ Ten Commandments Monument to Move Forward Sometime After August 31
Earlier this month U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker issued an order outlining the schedule for a lawsuit over Arkansas’ monument of the Ten Commandments.
Judge Baker’s scheduling order indicates that a trial date in the case will be set sometime after August 31 of this year.
The Arkansas Legislature passed a measure in 2015 authorizing a privately-funded monument of the Ten Commandments on the State Capitol Building grounds.
The authorized monument is identical to one ruled constitutional at the capitol building in Texas.
Shortly after the monument was unveiled, atheist groups and the Satanic Temple joined a lawsuit to have it removed.
The case originally was set to go to trial in July of 2020, but the trial was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The lawsuit has remained in limbo ever since, and Judge Baker has twice been asked to set a schedule for resolving it.
Based on Judge Baker’s scheduling order, it is unclear whether or not Judge Baker will rule in the case before the end of this year.
As we have said many times, there shouldn’t be anything controversial about a monument honoring the significance of the Ten Commandments.
Historians have long recognized the Ten Commandments as one of the earliest examples of the rule of law in human history, and they have helped shape the laws in countries around the world.
Arkansas’ monument simply honors that legacy.