Sandpoint leaders look to relocate 10 commandments monument



Posted on March 13, 2014 at 5:57 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 13 at 8:52 PM

Should the monument be moved?

SANDPOINT, Idaho -- City officials in Sandpoint are looking at possibly relocating a monument at a city park that displays the 10 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 tells KREM 2 News that several people in Sandpoint contacted them expressing concern over the monument.

The city said they want to avoid any potential lawsuits.

The monument has been at the park since the early 1970’s. It was a gift from the local Fraternal Order of the Eagles chapter.

Hundreds of people showed up to protest the potential removal on Thursday. They were signing a petition that said they do not want the 10 Commandments monument to go away.

“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 ridiculous,” said one protestor.

The city’s park director said there is no immediate plan to remove the monument. City Council will only look at possible options at their meeting on March 19.