Louisiana judicial candidate vows to display Ten Commandments in courthouse if elected
A judicial candidate in Pineville, Louisiana announced that, if elected, her “first official act” would be to erect a display of the Ten Commandments in the City Court building, The Town Talk reports.
At a press conference, Lauren Saucier said that she would display the Ten Commandments alongside the U.S. Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights and the Gettysburg Address in the City Court building.
Saucier cited recent decisions that displaying the Ten Commandments doesn’t violate the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause. “If it has a religious purpose, it will be struck down, it won’t stand,” she said. “You have to do it appropriately. And this is an educational display of historic documents that will go in the Pineville City Court.”
“These are historical documents that make up the fabric of our society,” Saucier continued. “They’ve all influenced our laws in some way, shape or form.”
When asked whether her opponents in the November 4, 2014 election would consider her announcement a “publicity stunt,” Saucier replied, “they can either agree with me or disagree with me. Anyone can agree with me or disagree with me. As far as a publicity stunt, I don’t know if this is going to help me or if this is going to hurt me. Certainly there are people that are going to agree, and certainly there are people that are going to disagree.”
She also said that she considered placing a copy of the Napoleonic Code in the display, because Louisiana is the only state in the United States whose law is based as much on it as English Common Law.
Watch Lauren Saucier explain the reasoning behind her decision below.