Sandpoint leaders debate moving 10 Commandments monument

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by MIKE GONZALEZ & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on March 19, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 20 at 9:18 AM

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SANDPOINT, Idaho.--City officials in Sandpoint discussed moving a 10 Commandments monument from a city park on Wednesday.

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

READ: Sandpoint leaders look to relocate 10 commandments monument

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.

On Wednesday, the City Attorney said he researched cases where separation of Church and State varies based on where the monument is located.

The purpose, history and context of the monument’s placement were all factors in whether it is constitutional, according to a defense lawyer advising the City.

The 10 Commandments monument in Farmin Park has been there since 1972.
 

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