Groups Sues to Remove Ten Commandments

Groups Sues to Remove Ten Commandments

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PLEASANT GROVE, Utah (AP) -- A group has a filed a federal lawsuit to force the removal of a Ten Commandments monument from city land in Pleasant Grove.

The Society of Separationists filed the suit in U.S. District Court saying the monument must be removed from a city park because it violates constitutional guarantees of separation of church and state.

The monument has been on city property since the Fraternal Order of Eagles gave it to Pleasant Grove in 1971.

Salt Lake City attorney Brian Barnard, who represents the society, and the American Civil Liberties Union have been successful in having other Ten Commandments monuments around the state removed from public property.

Pleasant Grove city leaders have said they plan to fight the effort.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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