Freedom From Religion Foundation Targets Idaho Ten Commandments Monument; Liberty Institute Offers Defense

March 20, 2014


Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) is targeting a Ten Commandments Monument in Sandpoint, Idaho.

Last November, FFRF sent a letter to the mayor of Sandpoint, claiming “Ten Commandments displays continue to cause distress and divisiveness,” and demanding the monument be moved.

The monument was donated to the city by a local chapter of the Fraternal Order of Eagles has stood since 1972 in a public park.

Liberty Institute Director of Litigation Hiram Sasser met with city officials and appeared before the Sandpoint City Council this week.  Liberty Institute is offering to represent the city free of charge to defend this historic monument. The city is now researching the issue to ensure that they are following the law.  Liberty Institute is pleased that the city is doing its due diligence and hopeful that we will be able to work together.  

View local news coverage of this issue. 

We have a long history of defending monuments, displays and memorials containing religious imagery – and we’re winning. Fraternal Order of Eagles’ Ten Commandments Monuments are routinely approved by federal courts, including those in Washington, Nebraska, Texas, and by the U.S. Supreme Court, in a case where Liberty represented the Fraternal Order of Eagles.

We successfully restored the Mojave Desert Veterans Memorial Cross, and are currently fighting to save the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial Cross from being torn down.

Liberty Institute was also retained by the State of Oklahoma to help defend a Ten Commandments monument located on the Oklahoma state capitol grounds. The monument is under fire from the ACLU, and Liberty’s winning track record and extensive experience defending displays and memorials with religious imagery made it a clear choice to assist the state’s attorney general.

In fact, the Oklahoma display is modeled after the Ten Commandments Monument displayed outside the Texas state capitol.  In 2004, the U.S. Supreme Court held that identical Ten Commandments monument constitutional in Van Orden v. Perry, a case in which Liberty assisted the Texas Attorney General in defending.

Groups like the ACLU and Freedom From Religion Foundation are committed to removing any trace of religious from public view, and they are aggressive and relentless in their attacks. They are trying to change our country. But, Liberty Institute is not intimidated. 

Not only do we have a in-house team of experienced, full-time constitutional attorneys, but we also work with many top litigators from the best firms in the country who volunteer their time to help advance the mission of defending our nation’s first freedom. We understand how important it is to work with respected local attorneys who have an intimate knowledge of their communities, and who can rally support for the cause of advancing religious freedom.

But, we can’t do this alone. We need your continued prayer and generous financial support to continue the important work of restoring religious freedom and preserving it for generations to come. Please, consider a gift today! 

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