As reported by Matthew Clark of the American Center for Law and Justice, a Wisconsin-based atheist group called The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) is suing in federal court to have a Jesus statue removed from a mountainside in Montana.
The statue, which the FFRF argues is a “ruse and a sham,” was erected atop Big Mountain in the 1950′s by Knights of Columbus World War II veterans who wanted to commemorate the service of fallen soldiers. According to ACLJ Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow, the veterans were inspired by monuments they saw in the mountains of Europe during the war and simply wanted to have one of their own.
The FFRF was successful in persuading the U.S. Forest Service not to renew its lease to the Knights of Columbus last year, but the ACLJ fought back and the statue was allowed to stay in place.
Now, the FFRF is at it again.
Montana’s at-large Congressman Denny Rehberg (R) has joined the ACLJ in their efforts to defend the statue. They have filed an amicus brief in federal court and are asking defenders of the Constitution to add their name to that document, which can be done by clicking here.
The ACLJ has stated that they have to raise $450,000 by the end of July in order to keep up with the numerous legal battles they are fighting. A small group of donors will match any donation to the ACLJ at this time, so if you feel like their values are in alignment with yours, consider giving to their cause.