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Stone v. Gramm, 1980


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If the posted copies of the Ten Commandments are to have any effect at all it will be to induce the school children to read, meditate upon and to perhaps to venerate and obey, the Commandments; this is not a permissible objective.

Stone v. Gramm, 1980, challenging the right of students to "see" the 10 Commandments on the wall of a school. The Court even then defined the posting of the document as a "passive" display, meaning someone would have to stop and look on their own volition.