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'Flawed,' 'hot mess' precedent defeats Fla. crossPENSACOLA, Fla. (BP) -- If the federal court had its way, a 34-foot cross would remain at its Pensacola, Fla., post. But "flawed precedent" that judges called a "hot mess" forced them to rule otherwise, the judges wrote in their opinion.
Judges said their hands were tied by the 1983 ruling in the nearly identical case of ACLU v. Rabun County, when the Eleventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ordered a cross be removed from Black Rock Mountain State Park in Georgia.
"Given the parallels between the two cases -- and crosses -- we think it clear that Rabun ... controls our analysis and requires that we affirm the district court's decision," the three-judge panel in the current Eleventh Circuit Court wrote in its Sept. 7 decision. Read More
'Constitution allows' cross in public park, city saysPENSACOLA, 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 SCOTUSWASHINGTON (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
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