Supreme Court Rules Religious Monuments to be Government Speech

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Supreme Court Rules Religious Monuments to be Government Speech

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court today ruled that religious monuments
on government property constitute government speech in Pleasant Grove City v. Summum
People For the American Way Foundation President Kathryn Kolbert issued the
following statement:

"I'm pleased that the Court today made
clear that religious monuments like the one the Summum sought to erect are
government speech.   I'm especially glad the decision acknowledged
that the establishment clause provides a limit on what government can use that
speech to say.  Government shouldn't favor one religion over another
or favor any religion over no religion at all."

People For the American Way Foundation filed an amicus
brief in the case.  You can read that brief here.

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