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The Supreme Court issues ruling on the Ten Commandments cases.

The Supreme Court went against legal precedent of the past 200 years, against the intentions of our founding fathers, and banned the Ten Commandments when it appeared to be presented as a religious doctrine. The justices voting on the prevailing side Monday left themselves legal wiggle room on this issue, however, saying that some displays like their own courtroom frieze would be permissible if they're portrayed neutrally in order to honor the nation's legal history. The court ruled that in the two Kentucky Courthouses, the Commandments were a religious display and therefore unconstitutional. However, the Ten Commandments display at the Texas Capital was okay as it was surrounded by other legal documents.

Based on the Kentucky and Texas ruling it raises the possibility that the Ten Commandments monument was unjustly removed from the Alabama Judicial Building.

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Legal Opinion on the Supreme Court offered by Judge Roy Moore and America's highest elected Ten Commandments Judge, Tom Parker.

Alabama Supreme Court Justice Tom Parker Issues Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Rulings on State Display of the Ten Commandments

"Today's U.S. Supreme Court ruling against the public display of the Ten Commandment in a Kentucky courthouse is merely the latest example of judicial disregard of the rule of law in favor of what Justice Scalia today called the 'personal preferences' of the 'dictatorship' of a shifting Court majority.

By advancing what Justice Thomas called their "judicial predilections" over the text and history of the Constitution, politically motivated majorities of the court have undermined the integrity of the judiciary and thereby the foundations of our country. This is an ominous development, for "If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?" [Psalm 11:3]

More legal information on the Supreme Court ruling of the Ten Commandments can be found at Judge Moore's Foundation for Moral Law http://www.morallaw.org/

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The Ten Commandments Project by the Fraternal Order of Eagles to place stone monuments across America.

The national project of placing Ten Commandments in stone monuments was conceived in 1955 when Cecil Demille was in Israel filming the Ten Commandments Movie. Cecil Demille thought it would be a good idea to place the Ten Commandments in permanent markers across the United States. He called Judge E.J. Ruegemer, who was famous for placing Ten Commandments plaques in public places across the United States. Judge Ruegemer, working with the Fraternal Order of Eagles, had placed over 25,000 Ten Commandments plaques in courthouses, city halls, and where ever anyone would allow the Ten Commandments to be posted. Judge Ruegemer was honored in August 1952, as he gave a copy of the Ten Commandments to President Harry Truman http://www.foe.com/tencommandments/demille_ten_commandments2.html

Mr. Demille originally wanted the Ten Commandments to be placed in bronze monuments in public places as it was commonly done in courthouses and city halls across the United States. Judge Ruegemer, felt that the original Ten Commandments was written in stone and persuaded Cecil Demille to precede with the project using stone monuments. Perhaps this was also more fitting to be in line with the thinking of Daniel the prophet, who describes the Kingdom of God as a "Stone Kingdom, in Daniel Chapter 2.

The local organizations of the Fraternal Order of Eagles (FOE), began raising money for placing the Ten Commandments stone monuments across America. They raised a lot of the money the old fashion way from bake sales, car washes, or simply soliciting funds from individuals. The project got a big financial boost, when Paramount Pictures agreed to share some of the proceeds from the movie with the FOE. Paramount Pictures established an "Eagles Night" where the Ten Commandments movie was being shown. FOE Eagle members help sell tickets, and a percentage of the ticket sales were turned over to the FOE to be used to finance the placing of the Ten Commandments in the local community. No money exchanged hands between Cecil Demille, Judge Ruegemr and the Fraternal Order of Eagles. In 1956, the FOE honored Cecil DeMille, in an article in the Eagles magazine. Cecil DeMille, strongly believed that we would have a better society if our young people would see the Ten Commandments and obeyed them. http://www.foe.com/tencommandments/demille_ten_commandments.html

Some of the actors from Paramount Pictures in the Ten Commandments Movie participated in the dedication of some of the stone monuments. Charlton Heston (Moses)was the guest speaker at the dedication of the Ten Commandments Monument at the North Dakota-Canadian border in 1956 at the International Peace Garden. Martha Scott (mother of Moses), assisted in the dedication of the monument in Pittsburgh in 1956. Yul Brynner (Rameses) was the guest Hollywood star in the 1955 dedication of the the Ten Commandments Monument at the city hall in Milwaukee. This for a corner stone of a new addition of the city hall.


Famous quotes concerning the Ten Commandments:

Yul Brynner (Rameses) "Man has made 32,600,000 laws. God made only ten, and yet there is no law among all these millions man has made that isn?t covered with the Divine ones you can count on the fingers of your hands."

Charlton Heston (Moses) "The Ten Commandments have become the basis for the whole code of human law . . . It is appropriate that on the border between the two countries, the United States and Canada, the Ten Commandments have an important place to show how men can live in peace."

Cecil DeMille, Director of the Ten Commandments Movie.

"Some of the saddest words ever written are those in the Book of Common Prayer: "We have left undone those things which we ought to have done." It might be salutary, if something cruel, to inscribe those words on the walls of our juvenile courts facing the plate where parents sit. But it would be more salutary if our schools and homes - and our minds and hearts - were deeply inscribed with certain other words which are the answer to those questions. There are such Words.

They are the Ten Commandments.

They are older than Moses, older than this mountain, because they are not laws: they are the law.

To guide young people in today's complex world we need all the light that expert knowledge and advanced scientific techniques can give. But most of all we need the Divine Code of Guidance which was given to the world.

That is why I am so enthusiastic about the Fraternal Order of Eagles' project of circulating and erecting copies of the Ten Commandments everywhere that the Order's widespread influence reaches. The many young people who will know the Commandments better because of the Eagles' work may well apply to themselves the words the Lord spoke here at Sinai long ago: "I bear you on eagles' wings, and brought you unto myself."


Ambridge, Pennsylvania was the first FOE Ten Commandments stone monument to be placed, which occurred in 1955. The first to be placed on the grounds of a state capital was also in 1955, in Denver, Co. The majority of the FOE stone monuments were placed in the mid 1950s thru the mid 1960s. The last documented FOE Ten Commandments monument was erected in 1985.

The majority of the stone monuments were placed in small communities with only local people taking center stage. Placing the Ten Commandments in public places was a practice that was common across the first three hundreds years in America beginning with the Pilgrims. Because the practice was so common, the records of all the monuments were not always kept, and most of the records of the presentations have been lost. The exact number of placements are not known, with speculation of a few hundred to more than 2,000 stone monuments were placed by the FOE. http://www.foe.com/tencommandments/nov_2001_ten_commandments.html

What is known is that the stone monuments placed by the Fraternal Order of Eagles, have been the center of numerous court battles. The most recent famous case before the Supreme Court in 2005, was the Ten Commandments Monument that is standing at the capital of Texas in Austin. http://www.foe.com/tencommandments/feb_2003_ten_commandments.html

The Ten Commandments is the most commonly placed scripture in public places. This is true in all of the countries of Europe, and has been true in America since our nation's founding. In the Bible, we are requested by Moses, Deuteronomy 6:9, to display the Ten Commandments. This is the only place in the Bible, that requests that we display any scripture verse. It appears that our forefathers took this request seriously and made permanent monuments across the nation and have done so for the past several hundred years. Several magazine articles have estimated that the Ten Commandments are displayed in over 4,000 public places across America. Three monuments of the public Ten Commandments monuments are in the U.S. Supreme Court Building in Washington, D.C. http://www.ten-commandments.us/ten_commandments/publicdisplay.html


Published on Friday, March 25, 2005 by the New York Times

The God Racket, From DeMille to DeLay

by Frank Rich

As DeMille readied his costly Paramount production for release a half-century ago, he seized on an ingenious publicity scheme. In partnership with the Fraternal Order of Eagles, a nationwide association of civic-minded clubs founded by theater owners, he sponsored the construction of several thousand Ten Commandments monuments throughout the country to hype his product. The Pharaoh himself - that would be Yul Brynner - participated in the gala unveiling of the Milwaukee slab. Heston did the same in North Dakota. Bizarrely enough, all these years later, it is another of these DeMille-inspired granite monuments, on the grounds of the Texas Capitol in Austin, that is a focus of the Ten Commandments case that the United States Supreme Court heard this month.


The Fraternal Order of Eagles and the War over the Ten Commandments

In 1943, a Minnesota juvenile court judge named E. J. Ruegemer hatched a simple plan to save the youth of America, whom he saw as "without any code of conduct or standards by which to govern their actions." Accordingly, the judge concluded that the nation's juveniles "could benefit from exposure to one of mankind's earliest codes of conduct, the Ten Commandments." The judge also happened to be the chair of the Youth Guidance Committee of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, a goodwill group formed near the end of the

19th century that today claims as one of its chief accomplishments the advent of Mother's Day.

Because the FOE monuments are so conspicuous and typically perceived as tied to one religion, Christianity,

many courts have found them in violation of the Constitution. Considering the high profile of Roy Moore?s attempt to install his monument, as well as the increased visibility of religion in contemporary culture, these monuments are likely to come under increased review. The following are additional current or recent cases involving Ten Commandments monuments that were originally donated by the Fraternal Order of Eagles:


The Fraternal Order of Eagles supports the public display of the Ten Commandments and their attorneys were at the Supreme Court during the presentation of the famous landmark Texas case in March 2005. http://www.foe.com/tencommandments/washington/

Missouri State Capital features Ten Commandments,

Donated by Fraternal Order of Eagles

The Missouri State Aerie Fraternal Order of Eagles donated the monument to the Missouri Capitol in 1958. It was dedicated in Jefferson City on June 28 of that year, with then Lt. Gov. Edward V. Long (later a U.S.  Senator) presiding over the ceremony.

The Fraternal Order of Eagles (FOE), an international humanitarian organization, began donating the monuments. With the release of Cecil B. DeMille's 1956 movie "The Ten Commandments."

The Ten Commandments monument movement grew and the FOE has since donated more than hundreds of the Ten Commandment monuments to state, county, and city government land around the United States, according to an

FOE Web site.


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An American Judge has distributed 25,000 Ten Commandments plaques and Ten Commandments in picture frames across the United States.

The Honorable Judge E.J. Ruegemer. A famous Ten Commandments Judge of the 20th Century

Judge E. J. Ruegemer was know for heading up projects to distribute framed copies of the Ten Commandments to be be displayed on public and on private property. In 1946

In 1951, the Ten Commandments Project got a big boast.

Judge Ruegemer was Chairman of the Minnesota Youth Guidance Committee, Judge E. J. Ruegemer initiated the Ten Commandments project. With the urging of Judge Ruegemer, the State of Minnesota took on the project of distributing 7,000 replicas of the Ten Commandments. These were distributed to courtrooms, courthouses, city halls, churches, civic organizations, and any public or private organization who would display them.

Back in those days, no one understood the doctrine of "separation of church and state".

Only in the past decade have the courts adopted the concept of "separation of church and state".

As a result of his efforts, thousands of copies of the Ten Commandments were displayed in court rooms, court houses, libraries as well as in many churches. Judge Ruegemer received notoriety for this project, that he was honored by President Harry Truman in August 1952. http://www.foe.com/tencommandments/demille_ten_commandments2.html

The Fraternal Order of Eagles, an organization that does good deeds, was the main organization that provided the manpower to distribute the Ten Commandments plaques. The project went national in 1953, and by the end of 1954, 10,000 Ten Commandments plaques were distributed nationwide. In 1955 another 18,000 Ten Commandments were broadcast across the nation. In a related project, a larger framed print version was made and 4,000 copies of it were donated for public and private display across the United States. In 1958, the concept grew to producing a comic book that taught moral values and the Ten Commandments. The comic book was entitled, "On Eagle Wings", contained 96 pages, and 250,000 copies were printed and given away. A main theme of the comic book, takes a juvenile offender who is taken on a fishing trip, and is introduced to moral values thru the Ten Commandments. The young man in the story has a changed life because of the teaching of the Ten Commandments. These comic books were distributed to Boy Scouts and to other youth organizations across the nation.

It is assumed that the theme of the comic book came from the experiences of Judge Ruegemer. In 1946, a juvenile offender, he appeared in the Juvenile and Probate Court of Judge Ruegemer. The young man had stolen a car, and while driving it, hit an innocent bystander. The accident resulted in a serious injury upon the bystander. "Young man, do you realized that you have broken the Ten Commandments?", Judge Ruegemer asked. The young man did not know what the Ten Commandments were. He appeared to be repentant and sincere. Judge Ruegemer gave him a stiff sentence that was suspended. In exchange for the suspended sentence, the boy was allowed to learn the Ten Commandments from a pastor of the same church domination of his mothers. As a result of learning the Ten Commandments, the boy never got into trouble again.

Judge Ruegemer explained to the boy that the Bible contained hundreds of moral laws. They were all summarized into 10 Commandments.

If learned the principles found in the 10 Commandments, we would have the basis of understanding all of the moral principles of the Bible. All moral principles dealing with human relationships have their foundation in the Ten Commandments.

The encounter that Judge Ruegemer had in court in 1946 with a junvile defender, resulted in a success story of a reforming a person from the wrong path, to being a transformed upright citizen living a moral life. The transformation in this young life became the basis for the motivation for Judge Ruegemer to launch a Ten Commandments Project. The project grew from a local effort to a statewide effort in Minnesota. With the help of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, a project grew to place the Ten Commandments in public places nationally. A few thousand copies touched the lives of millions of Americans. http://www.foe.com/tencommandments/mar_2002_ten_commandments.html

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Featured Links

1. Fact Sheet on Supreme Court and the Ten Commandments. Ten Commandments posted 3 places in Supreme Court Building, see pictures. Legal information, and facts. http://www.ten-commandments.us/ten_commandments/publicdisplay.html

3. The Constitution Restoration Act. A bill by Congress to restrict Federal Courts from ruling on the Ten Commandments. Authority given to Congress by Constitution, Article III. http://www.christiancitizens.org/christian/georgia/ten_commandments/judge_moore.phtml

4. Book, So Help Me God, by Judge Moore. https://10commandments.biz/biz/articles/2005/so_help_me_god.phtml

5. The Project to put Ten Commandments Signs in yards across America. Over 200,000 yards participating nationwide, Georgia leading the nation with over 20,000 signs in yards, and over 200 churches participating. Will your church participate? http://www.heritage-signs.us/ten/entry.phtml

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