Idaho's Ten Commandments monuments provoke few complaints

Posted: Friday, September 05, 2003

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) Idaho has Ten Commandments monuments in public areas throughout the state, but none has provoked a controversy like the recent one in Alabama, a civil liberties attorney said.

Marty Durand, a lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union-Idaho, said few people have sought to have the monuments removed in the state.

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore was suspended from that state's Supreme Court for refusing to obey a federal order to remove a Ten Commandments marker he put in the rotunda of the Montgomery courthouse.

Durand said the ACLU's Boise office has received several calls about Ten Commandments monuments built on public property in Idaho, but no one has expressed interest in pursuing the issue in court.

The monuments are in public areas of Boise, St. Maries, Moscow, Pocatello and Lewiston. A monument in Idaho Falls has been on public land since 1969, officials said.

The ACLU did help pursue one lawsuit over a monument, against Bannock County. But a federal judge ruled in 1995 that the marker was constitutional because the county showed no intention of using it to promote religion.

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