Good news for religious liberty. I received the following email from Liberty Counsel:
A federal district court entered a judgment in favor of Liberty Counsel’s client, Levy County, dismissing a lawsuit brought by a national atheist group claiming that the Ten Commandments monument next to the Levy County courthouse violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.
In American Atheists, Inc. v. Levy County, the court granted Liberty Counsel’s motion for summary judgment on the grounds that the atheist plaintiffs had no standing to bring the lawsuit because they were not injured by the presence of a monument with which they disagreed. The court also concluded that there was no evidence that Levy County’s monument guidelines were created to favor religious monuments over secular monuments.
In 2009, Levy County created neutral guidelines for local residents and groups to place their own monuments in an area next to the courthouse, commemorating people, events or ideas that have significantly influenced American or Florida law, or Levy County. These monuments would join a veterans’ monument placed by a local veterans group in 1996. After the guidelines were in place, a local crisis pregnancy center applied to place the Ten Commandments monument in the forum. Given the long-recognized influence of the Ten Commandments in the development of American law, the County approved the monument under the guidelines, and it was placed in early 2010.
You can view the Order Granting Summary Judgement here.
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