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High Court Hears Dispute Over Religious Monument

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court has heard a free-speech
dispute over a religious group's efforts to erect a monument of
aphorisms they say were given to Moses.

The case appears to raise questions of government favoring one
religion over another, which is prohibited by the First Amendment.

The Utah-based Summum group wants to place its "Seven Aphorisms
of Summum" display in a city park. The Summum group says the
aphorisms were on a tablet given to Moses along with the Ten
Commandments, but Moses destroyed the tablet because the people
weren't ready for them.

The justices seemed reluctant to accept the group's argument that once a government accepts one donation for display in a public park, it must accept them all.
But the court also seemed uncomfortable with the position of
Pleasant Grove City, Utah, where a Ten Commandments monument has
been on display for decades. The city rejected the Summum request.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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