On Tuesday the Mississippi House passed a bill which would allow religious displays in all public buildings. The bill is now before the state Senate awaiting a vote.
As part of the bill it would allow the display of not only the Ten Commandments, but also religious phrases as long as they are approved by local government entities such as city or county officials.
If passed by the Senate, the question now is will it be challenged? To that, longtime civil rights attorney Bill Ready, Sr. says, "Probably!"
According to Ready, whether or not the bill is challenged if passed depends largely on its wording.
"The issue really is, is the government on whatever level, forcing on the public a particular religion over the other religion? If that's not so, the supreme court hasn't said anything about religion in itself as unconstitutional."
However, even with that, Ready has this to say about whether an ultimate challenge of the current bill before lawmakers could be successful.
"Whether or not a proper law would be successfully challenged, I'm not so sure! It could be that the U.S. Supreme Court would make a decision that would totally obliterate the effectiveness of the Mississippi law that would be passed. It's a possibility!"
Just last week the U.S. Supreme Court hear arguments in two Ten Commandment cases out of Texas and Kentucky. The court is expected to issue a ruling on those sometime this summer.
Meanwhile, currently the Mississippi bill is set to go before the state Senate for a vote, something which lawmakers say could take as long as a week to 10 days.
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