Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas recently boasted about defeating a homeless atheist man in the U.S. Supreme Court.
Cruz recalled the joyous moment during his speech to the Family Research Council’s "Watchmen on the Wall" event on Thursday, noted RawStory.com (video below).
Before I was in the Senate, I was the solicitor general of Texas, the chief lawyer for the state in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. We defended the Texas Ten Commandments monument, stands on the State Capitol grounds until an atheist, a homeless man, came along and sued the state, saying it offended him to gaze upon the Ten Commandments. We defended the Ten Commandments, we took the case all the way to the Supreme Court, defending the Ten Commandments, and we won 5-4.
The high court ruled in 2005 that the monument, built in 1961, didn't violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment because it had historical value, not just religious value.
Oddly, the U.S. Supreme Court blog doesn't mention Cruz as one of the arguing counsel:
For Van Orden, Erwin Chemerinsky of Durham, N.C.
For Perry, Gregg Abbott, Texas Attorney General
For the United States, Acting Solicitor General Paul D. Clement