A federal court has decided that a statue of Jesus siting on federal land in Montana is not an unconstitutional endorsement of religion. Although this would seem to be a win for the Religious Right, in reality it is a loss for anyone who values faith.
When is a statue of Jesus Christ on publicly owned land an example of non-religious, private speech? When a federal judge says so.
This week, U.S. District Court Judge Dana Christensen bizarrely said a statue of Jesus that sits atop federal land on Big Mountain in Whitefish, Mont., can remain there because the statue does not necessarily convey religious meaning.