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Group Wins Two Court Fights in Battle Over 10 Commandments

Group Wins Two Court Fights in Battle Over 10 Commandments

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DENVER (AP) -- A religious group seeking to place monuments of its beliefs in two Utah city parks alongside similar ones to the Ten Commandments has won a battle in court.

In two separate rulings, a three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against claims by the cities of Pleasant Grove and Duchesne.

The group called "Summum" wants to place its Seven Aphorisms alongside the Christian 10 Commandments monument in Pleasant Grove.

The judges dismissed Pleasant Grove's claim that it would be inundated with requests from other individuals and that the park would be flooded with monuments. The panel sent the case back to a lower court.

The other case involves Duchesne's sale of a small parcel of land within a city part where the 10 Commandments monuments sits. The city claimed selling the small plot satisfied separation of church and state guidelines.

The appeals panel ruled against Duchesne's argument.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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