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The Ten Commandments are displayed on this 6-foot high granite monument on the grounds of the Texas State Capitol. The monument was donated to the state in 1961 by the Fraternal Order of Eagles for the purpose of promoting youth morality to curb juvenile delinquency. The group gave similar monuments to several other states as well. The location of the monument on state government grounds was the focus of a lawsuit in 2005 that went before the Supreme Court. At issue was the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment that sets down the principle of separation of church and state - the justices determined that no such violation had taken place, and voted to keep the monument.