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Thu Jun 27, 2013, 12:53 PM


Judge rules Jesus statue can stay on MT mountain

June 25, 2013 8:09 am

A federal judge has ruled a 6-foot-tall statue of Jesus that was placed on Forest Service land on Big Mountain near Whitefish nearly 60 years ago can remain.

U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen ruled the Flathead National Forest can re-issue a 10-year permit for the statue. The statue was placed on the ski hill by the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic men's organization.

The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation sued in February 2012, arguing the statue's placement on leased public land violated the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which prohibits Congress from making any law regarding an establishment of religion.

Christensen ruled Monday that the statue does not convey to a reasonable informed observer that the government, rather than a private party, endorses Christianity over any other faith or the absence of faith.


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Response to rug (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 01:33 PM

1. The question I have is whether federally leased land fall under

separation law or not.

Are not there other properties that are leased and used for religious purposes? What about religiously based camps that are on federal land?

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Thu Jun 27, 2013, 05:18 PM

2. That's a good question.


I don't know but I imagine there are.

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