The &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/society/2002/06/25/31130.html ' target=_blank>Supreme Court announced Tuesday it will decide whether displaying the Ten Commandments on government property violates the US Constitution's separation of church and state.
The high court will hear two cases, one from Kentucky and the other from Texas, and will hand down its decision on an issue that has yielded several contradictory decisions in lower courts.
The court said it will hear the case early next year, but did not set a date, wrote Turkish Press.
According to the Guardian, disputes have led to emotional battles, like one in Alabama by Chief Justice Roy Moore, who lost his job after defying a federal order to remove a 5,300-pound monument from the state courthouse. The Supreme Court refused last week to help him get his job back.
Supporters of the monuments celebrated the news.
"The Lord answers prayers," said former &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/printed.html?news_id=13461 ' target=_blank>Judge-Executive Jimmie Greene of McCreary County, Ky., which was ordered to remove a display in the hallway of the county courthouse. Greene refused to do the task himself.
After the incident with the shootdown of the Ilyushin Il-20 reconnaissance aircraft over the Mediterranean Sea, Russia will supply an S-300 anti-aircraft missile system to Syria