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Reuters: A U.S. judge dismissed a case on Tuesday filed by an atheist group that was seeking to remove a Ten Commandments monument from Oklahoma State Capitol grounds, saying the plaintiffs failed to show standing to bring the suit.
Christian News Network: During an interview Thursday with Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, also known as the “Ten Commandments judge,” CNN anchor Chris Cuomo and brother to New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo stated that the laws of the nation do not come from God, but from man’s collective opinion.
Christian Examiner: The issue has been raised before, and religious liberty groups like Alliance Defending Freedom have responded by filing lawsuits and developing materials to correct misinformation that is being spread to schools.
The Guardian (AP): A man suspected of driving a car into a Ten Commandments monument outside the Oklahoma state Capitol is under mental evaluation, according to the highway patrol.
Christian News Network: A district judge in Oklahoma has ruled that a Ten Commandments monument challenged by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and a liberal Baptist minister does not violate the United States Constitution and may remain in place on the grounds of the state capitol.
ABC News (AP): The privately funded Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the Oklahoma Capitol does not violate the state constitution and can stay there, an Oklahoma County judge said Friday in a ruling that attorneys who filed the lawsuit vowed to appeal to the state Supreme Court.
The Columbus Dispatch (AP): Lawyers from the Alliance Defending Freedom notified the court that Bloomfield will appeal the case to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
The federal court that ruled against a Ten Commandments monument in a New Mexico town has agreed to put its decision on hold until an appeals court is able to hear the case. Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys notified the court Friday that the city of Bloomfield will be appealing the case to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit.
Daily Times: Raner also asked how an appeal would affect the city’s budget. The city expects to get legal help on its appeal from the Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian nonprofit organization based in Scottsdale, Ariz.
GOP USA: Mauzy said he sought legal advice from the Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian legal nonprofit, so as to avoid possible legal challenges.
The Washington Times: A federal judge on Thursday ruled that a New Mexico city must remove a monument inscribed with the Ten Commandments from the lawn in front of Bloomfield City Hall.
Religion Clause: In American Atheists, Inc. v. Thompson, (WD OK, May 22, 2014), an Oklahoma federal district court refused to dismiss an Establishment Clause challenge to a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the Oklahoma state capitol.
Christian Post: “An estimated 500 people gathered at a public park in Sandpoint, Idaho, Thursday to demonstrate their support for keeping the Ten Commandments display at its present location.”
KTVB: “City officials in Sandpoint are looking at possibly relocating a monument at a city park that displays the Ten Commandments.”
Albuquerque Journal: “The Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian nonprofit, is defending the city of Bloomfield against a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, which alleges the monument violates religious protections guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.”
Pittsburgh Tribune: The marble monument of the Ten Commandments has been standing outside Valley High School in New Kensington for 50 years. It will endure there for at least another year, as a lengthy court battle continues.
TribLive.com: The Thou Shall Not Move group plans to erect four new Ten Commandments monuments at upcoming dedication ceremonies while the Connellsville School District and the Freedom From Religion Foundation continue to wage a legal battle over a monument that has been located on school property for more than a half century.
Christian News Network: A Pennsylvania group is standing its ground against atheist demands to remove a Ten Commandments at a local junior high school.
Pa. Rep. introduces bill requiring plaintiff disclosure in litigation over publicly displayed religious symbols
The Pennsylvania Record: A western Pennsylvania lawmaker recently introduced a bill in the General Assembly (Pa. State Rep. Tim Krieger) that would require parties bringing lawsuits attacking religious symbols in public to reveal their identities and not proceed through the litigation anonymously.
Fox News: WYMT-TV reports the move came after the schools received a complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The group’s letter says the displays have been up for years. | FFRF press release and letter
KTUL.com: Some civil rights groups say legal action is possible over a Ten Commandments monument installed Thursday on the Oklahoma state Capitol grounds.
Al.com (includes video): “We cannot continue to borrow the future of our children and our grandchildren or we will suffer the consequences. We can’t keep going into debt. We can’t keep disparaging our military and promoting things like same-sex marriage, L-G-B-T. To hear the President of the United States say that we are promoting L-G-B-T. Let’s think about what that is: lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered rights,” Moore said. “Same sex marriage will be the ultimate destruction of our country because it destroys the very foundation upon which this nation is based. Divisive, I’ve been accused of being divisive I’ll tell you what’s divisive. It’s this Democratic platform,” Moore said.