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N.H. Town Plans To Restore Decalogue Monument To Park

A Ten Commandments monument in Somersworth, N.H., was restored to city property in November after being toppled by vandals.

The city hired a firm that specializes in stonework to replace the monument.

“They did an excellent job and were able to install the base and make a solid connection,” Public Works Director Mike Bobinsky told the Foster’s Democrat newspaper. Bobinsky said a special crane was used and reinforcement was added to the base. A curb was also put around the monument.

N.M. Ten Commandments Monument Unconstitutional, Says Federal Appeals Court

A New Mexico city’s display of a Ten Commandments monument violates the separation of church and state, a federal appeals court has ruled.

The monument in the city of Bloomfield was erected in 2011 at the behest of a former member of the city council. Although local churches made donations to pay for it, the council arranged for the monument’s display in front of city hall.

In 2012, two Wiccan city residents  filed suit, backed by the American Civil Liberties Union.

Roy Moore In The U.S. Senate? Yes, It Could Happen.

If U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) is confirmed as U.S. attorney general, his seat in the Senate will be open. The governor of Alabama, Robert Bentley (R), will have to a name a replacement to fill out the rest of Sessions’ term, which expires in 2020. 

Bentley is getting a head start on things by interviewing potential replacements. One of the names on his short list may surprise you: It’s Roy Moore.

Two Cities, Two Ten Commandments Monuments Controversies

There’s often a lot of controversy when government bodies display the Ten Commandments. This has been the case in two cities recently.

We’ll start with the good news. In Bloomfield, N.M., the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that it is  unconstitutional to display a Ten Commandments monument on the Bloomfield’s City Hall lawn since it violates the First Amendment’s ban on “establishment” of religion.

No Moore Embarrassment

On Sept. 28, members of the Ala­bama Court of the Judiciary, a body that provides oversight of judges in the state, met for some unusual proceedings: The state’s chief justice, Roy S. Moore, was on trial – for the second time.

Okla. Seeks To Alter Church-State Provisions

The Oklahoma House of Representatives has taken a step toward removing the state constitution’s clause prohib­iting aid to churches, denominations and religious schools.

In March, legislators passed a resolution to place the so-called “no-aid” clause on the ballot, giving voters an opportunity to remove it.

AU Files Legal Briefs In Two Cases Dealing With Religious Symbols

Americans United recently filed two legal briefs in cases challenging the display of religious symbols on government property:

In a Dec. 17 brief, Americans Uni­ted told the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that a Pennsylvania woman and her minor child should be permitted to sue the New Kensington-Arnold School District over a Ten Commandments display at a local high school.

Court Should Allow Challenge To Ten Commandments Display At Pa. Public School

District Court Erred By Rejecting Lawsuit, Church-State Watchdog Says

A Pennsylvania woman and her minor child should be permitted to sue the New Kensington-Arnold School District over a Ten Commandments display at a local high school, Americans United for Separation of Church and State said in a friend-of-the-court brief in the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
 
Marie Schaub filed the suit in 2012 with the assistance of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. But U.S. District Court Judge Terrence F.

Okla. Officials Remove Ten Commandment Monument

A six-foot-tall granite monument of the Ten Commandments no longer stands at the Oklahoma State Capitol after workers removed it Oct. 5.

The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled in June that the monument’s presence on Capitol grounds violates the state constitution, which prohibits the government from endorsing religion. The tablets were moved to private property owned by the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, a conservative group.

Ten Myths About The Ten Commandments

Legislators in Arkansas believe that you can’t fathom America without first understanding the Ten Commandments.

“In order that they may understand and appreciate the basic principles of the American system of government, the people of the United States of America and of the State of Arkansas need to identify the Ten Commandments, one of many sources, as influencing the development of what has become modern law,” intoned legislation authorizing placement of a Ten Commandments monument at the state Capitol in Little Rock.

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