After lawsuit, materials from other faiths added to Georgia Ten Commandments display

Posted: Friday, January 09, 2004

WINDER, Ga. (AP) In the wake of a lawsuit over separation of church and state, materials from various religions are on display near a disputed Ten Commandments plaque at the Barrow County courthouse.

The additions include Hindu stories, Buddhist teachings, excerpts from Islam's Quran and writings that define agnosticism, along with different versions of the Ten Commandments.

The new materials were placed by Scott Harris, a county native and doctoral student at Brown University, across a breezeway from a Ten Commandments plaque that is currently under federal court challenge.

The new display won't be removed unless county commissioners order it taken down, said a spokeswoman with the county sheriff's Office. County commission chairman Eddie Elder said he would review the display before making a decision.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit in September on behalf of an unidentified county resident against the Ten Commandments display in a public building. Local officials are appealing a federal court's decision not to dismiss that lawsuit.

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