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Ten Commandments and American Law Debate to be Held at School of Law

April 20, 2010

On Wednesday, April 21, the Federalist Society at Liberty University School of Law will host a debate regarding law and religion.  The debate will begin at 2:15 PM and will be held in the law school’s Supreme Courtroom.  The debate is free and open to the public.  

Mathew Staver, Dean of Liberty University School of Law and Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel, and Dan Barker, President of the Freedom From Religious Foundation, will debate on the influence of the Ten Commandments on American law.  The Ten Commandments has been a heated topic in law and policy.  Dean Staver has argued in more than two-dozen Ten Commandments cases, including one before the U.S. Supreme Court.

“The Ten Commandments profoundly influenced American law and government.  Twelve of the original thirteen colonies adopted all ten of the Ten Commandments.  From colonial times to the present, courts and legislatures have referenced the Ten Commandments as part of common law and the basis of many statutory laws,” according to Dean Staver.  “To argue that the Ten Commandments do not play a role in American law and policy would require a total rewriting of American history.”

The Federalist Society at Liberty University School of Law consists of conservative law students interested in the current state of the judiciary and legal affairs.  The Society was founded on the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution, and that it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be.

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