Freethought Today · November 2012

Published by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc.

Mississippi police department decalogue downed by FFRF

Brandon Commandments

FFRF’s letter got this illegal Ten Commandments display removed. 

Among many recent FFRF victories banishing religion from government was the removal of a very large, very unconstitutional Ten Commandments monument from the police department in Brandon, Miss.

A local resident was taken aback by the bible display and contacted FFRF. To the rescue came Staff Attorney Patrick Elliott, who told Mayor Tim Coulter in a Sept. 24 letter that “any reasonable observer would view it as an endorsement of religion by the city of Brandon. This display is unmistakably stamped with the city government’s approval, as it is prominently placed directly inside of the city’s most important government offices.”

Elliott cited a Supreme Court ruling that called the Ten Commandments an “unmistakably religious statement dealing with religion’s obligations and with morality subject to religious sanction.”

Residents have informed FFRF that the display was removed sometime in October.

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