Saturday, August 23, 2008

Censorship at the Pennsylvania Supreme Court

Just as in the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C., the Pennsylvania Supreme Court building has the Ten Commandments displayed. In PA's case there is a painting above the Bench showing a dramatic depiction of God passing the Commandments to Moses. Here is the original photo:

And here is the way it appears on their website:

While the photo is small, you can see that the commandments themselves have been blurred out. The same series of paintings also has the Beatitudes, which seem to have been blurred similarly. Here is the original look:

The court's justices posed for their official photo at their bench in front of the Ten Commandments painting. The photo appeared in a brochure, which has apparently been taken off the website now, but here is the editing that was done to the photo from a closer perspective (where you can see how sharp the photo is compared to the words in the painting):

You can find the courtroom photo on the court's official site:
Pennsylvania Courts

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