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  • 'Constitution allows' cross in public park, city says

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, May 17, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    PENSACOLA, Fla. (BP) -- A 77-year-old cross in a Pensacola, Fla., public park was defended May 16 when city officials appealed a court ruling that the monument be torn down.

    In a two-year legal battle pitting the city against secular humanists and self-proclaimed "nontheists," Pensacola presented its case to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

    "Religious symbols aren't like graffiti that the government should erase as soon as someone complains," attorney Luke Goodrich said in a press release after the court hearing. "The Constitution allows the government to recognize the significant role of religion in our nation's history and culture." Read More

  • Ten Commandments monument case declined by SCOTUS

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, October 17, 2017 (9 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court has declined an opportunity to revisit whether the display of religion-related monuments on government property is against the law.

    The court declined without explanation Monday (Oct. 16) to hear an appeal of a lower court ruling against a Ten Commandments monument outside the Bloomfield, N.M., City Hall. In lower courts, two Wiccans represented by the American Civil Liberties Union successfully challenged the five-foot monument, complaining that it constitutes the government's establishment of religion. Read More

  • Church police dept. would be U.S. first under Ala. bill

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, April 27, 2017 (one year ago)

    A church could be the first congregation in the nation to open its own police force under a bill progressing through the Alabama legislature, despite disagreement whether it would violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. Read More