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Ok to display donated Ten Commandments in public park

Gorsuch has criticized doctrines that limit religious expression in public spaces. In Summum v. Pleasant Grove City, in 2007, Gorsuch joined a dissent from denial of rehearing a case [about] the ability of the government to display a donated Ten Commandments monument in a public park without accepting all other offers of donated monuments. The subsequent Supreme Court decision adopted the reasoning of that dissent.

Gorsuch also has a pair of dissenting opinions (American Atheists 2010, and Haskell County 2009) in which he criticizes the "reasonable observer" test for establishment clause cases as far too likely to find impermissible endorsements of religion by the government when none was intended, and thus to prevent religious adherents from reasonably participating in public life. The common thread in these cases is a sense that the government can accommodate deeply held religious views.

Source: ScotusBlog.com on SCOTUS confirmation hearings , Jan 13, 2017

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