Monday, March 31, 2008

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Historic Ten Commandments Case

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Historic Ten Commandments Case
News Conference Today, March 31, 2:00 p.m., Julia Davis Park

BOISE, March 31 /Christian Newswire/ -- The Case, Pleasant Grove v. Summum, will determine if government bodies can exclude certain monuments and displays from public forums like parks and municipal buildings.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that government bodies cannot exclude displays from the public square.

If the city of Pleasant Grove were to win this case, the Ten Commandments could be returned back to Julia Davis Park. The reason would be that Rev. Fred Phelps' threats of lawsuit will no longer apply because the City of Boise would be able to determine without threat of lawsuit what displays were in the park.

There will be a news conference to discuss this impact on Boise's Ten Commandments situation on Monday, March 31, 2008, at 2:00 p.m. in Julia Davis Park where the monument used to be.

Brandi Swindell, co-director of the Keep the Commandments Coalition, comments, "We applaud the United States Supreme Court for taking the historic case. The Keep the Commandments Coalition always maintained the City of Boise and the parks and recreation department had the authority to determine what kind of displays and monuments can be in public parks. If we win the case, which will be argued this fall, it will pave the way to the Ten Commandments to be returned back to its home in Julia Davis Park."

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