Shifted Ten Commandments site ends two-year fight

Posted: Friday, May 11, 2001

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) -- A display of the Ten Commandments, at the center of a two-year controversy, has a new home after being moved from a public space to Manhattan Christian College.

Some 200 people gathered as the college dedicated a new entrance with the Ten Commandments monolith as its centerpiece. The tablet was displayed outside City Hall for decades until 1998, when it was given a more prominent location following a renovation project.

After two civil liberties lawsuits were filed, the City Commission voted to remove the tablet and return it to the Eagles lodge that owned it. The Eagles then permanently loaned it to the college.

Meanwhile, the Ten Commandments sparked a different dispute in Annville, Pa. High school students posted tenets of Wicca, Islam and Buddhism on their lockers to protest similar displays of the Ten Commandments by Christian students.

''I thought this was a public school,'' ninth-grader Adam Timme said. ''After the Christian kids started putting up (the Ten Commandments), I thought, if they can do that, there's no reason why I can't post religious material, too.''

School officials initially barred all locker displays, then decided to allow religious materials pending review over the summer.

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