Utah city can refuse religious monuments in public park

The U.S. Supreme court ruled a Utah city can refuse to install a Summum religious monument in a public park.

The Summum religious group, founded in 1975 in Salt Lake City, sought to errect a monument called the “Seven Aphorisms” near a Ten Commandments display.

“Attorneys for the city argued that the appeals court’s ruling would require cities and states to remove long-standing monuments or result in public parks nationwide becoming cluttered junkyards of monuments,” reported James Vicini of Reuters.

Governments can consider form and message when selecting donated monuments, because to force viewpoint-neutrality would cutter parks and create pressure to remove long-standing and cherished monuments, Alito said,” reported Online NewsHour.

Summum followers were interviewed by Adam Liptak in a New York Times article from November 2008.


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