Ten Commandments monument moves closer to lawsuit | Arkansas Blog

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Ten Commandments monument moves closer to lawsuit

Posted By on Thu, May 11, 2017 at 3:49 PM

COMING SOON: A monument like this has been cleared for installation at the Arkansas Capitol. A legal challenge is expected.
  • COMING SOON: A monument like this has been cleared for installation at the Arkansas Capitol. A legal challenge is expected.
The AP reports that the Capitol Arts and Grounds Commission has, as expected, approved the location of a legislatively approved Ten Commandments monument on state Capitol grounds.

The secretary of state's office said the monument could be in place by June.

Unless, of course, the promised lawsuit by those who object to state religious establishment (and have been denied monuments to other belief systems) sue and prevail, as happened in Oklahoma.

Said Holly Dickson of the ACLU:

We’ve told them since the bill was filed that this is unconstitutional and if they follow through with it, we would file suit. That’s still true today. If they put it up, they will signal to folks who don’t subscribe to this version of the commandments and to non-believers they are second class citizens and we will file suit.
She said the ACLU would prefer to prevent installation, but the law suggests the challenge can't be engaged until installation. That was the case in Oklahoma, where the monument was removed after a successful lawsuit.

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