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Another battle to remove another Ten Commandments from public space

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KTVB screen grab

Like certain demographic group in this country, some religions now seem to be classified as “protected.” If you need help figuring which religions receive special treatment and which don’t, some recent news stories might shed light on the question:

A report on the latest assault on an unprotected religion comes out Sandpoint, Idaho, where — station KTVB states (video report here):

City officials in are looking at possibly relocating a monument at a city park that displays the Ten Commandments.

In early March, the city announced that city council will discuss moving the monument to a different location other than Farmin Park.

In 2013, a religious freedom group from Wisconsin sent a letter to the mayor of Sandpoint asking that the monument be removed because it lies on public property. The group’s co-president says that several people in Sandpoint contacted them expressing concern over the monument.

The city said they want to avoid any potential lawsuits.

The monument was erected at an earlier, saner time and was a gift from the local Fraternal Order of the Eagles chapter. Now, because of a misreading of a Constitutional amendment, an group of outsiders is applying pressure on the town’s mayor to dump it. How people in Wisconsin can view, much less feel inconvenienced, by a tribute to the ancient code on which our legal system is founded remains to be seen.

“Why are people from not around here, don’t live here, come here and say they want something removed that the FOE put down in here 40 years ago. I mean, it's ridiculous,” said one protester at a gathering in front of the monument on Thursday.

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