Supreme Court: City Not Obligated to Display Religious Monument

Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service via Christianity Today:

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a city park in Utah does not have to include a monument of a small religious sect even though it already features a Ten Commandments monument.

Summum, a Salt Lake City-based group, had argued that officials in Pleasant Grove City, Utah, violated its free speech rights when they did not permit a proposed monument of the group’s beliefs.

The "placement of a permanent monument in a public park is best viewed as a form of government speech," wrote Justice Samuel Alito in the unanimous opinion, "and is therefore not subject to scrutiny under the Free Speech Clause" of the First Amendment.

Full story: Justices: City Isn’t Obligated to Display Religious Monument | Christianity Today | A Magazine of Evangelical Conviction

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