Originally created 12/25/05

Another gift for today



If you believe this country can't be great without acknowledging a higher power, there's something extra in your stocking today.

A panel of the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last week that not only is a Ten Commandments display constitutional in the Mercer County, Kentucky, courthouse, but efforts to erase God from the public square are "tiresome" and mis- guided.

"The First Amendment does not demand a wall of separation between church and state," writes lead Judge Richard Suhrheinrich. "Our nation's history is replete with governmental acknowledgement and, in some cases, accommodation of religion."

Granted, the display in Harrodsburg, Ky., is protected legally by other historical documents surrounding it. Still, it's a victory for the beleaguered commandments - and the court's reasoning is as refreshing and welcome as a Christmas snow.