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Ten Commandments, Nativity Display
Must Be Moved
By agreeing to relocate a display of the
Ten Commandments and not display a Nativity Scene at the county courthouse,
the Custer County Commissioners have settled a lawsuit filed by the
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Montana.
The granite monument displaying the Ten
Commandments near the courthouse entrance will be moved to the facility's
west lawn and become part of "The Evolution of Law" exhibit. Also, the
Nativity Scene will be moved to privately-owned property.
The agreement was signed by two of the
three commissioners — Janet Kelley and Dan Connors. Commissioner Duane
Mathison refused to sign the agreement saying that the Ten Commandments
are engraved on a large tablet and have been on the lawn year-round
for at least 20 years, "This is a sad day for all Christians that we
can no longer display the Nativity Scene on the Courthouse lawn."
From late November until just after Christmas,
the Nativity Scene has been displayed for the last seven years.
The ACLU filed the complaint in December
1999, after receiving complaints about the display. The ACLU's legal
costs have to be paid by the county within 30 days.
("County Commissioners settle with ACLU
to move Ten Commandments, Nativity display, "The Associated Press, October
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