"So why do I support the ruling that the Ten Commandments must be removed from the courthouse wall? The answer is simple. Separation of church and state is the only way to guarantee religious liberty. Religious persecution is a worldwide and ongoing threat. As a minister and a citizen, I am obligated to ensure that this does not happen in this country.
"Furthermore, both church and state can best flourish when they are separated. Just as the government does not have a right to regulate religious bodies, so too our public institutions should not be subjected to particular religious beliefs."
The Rev. Robert Coombe, pastor of the Union United Methodist Church in Havertown, Pa., writing in The Philadelphia Inquirer.