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02/09/2012 United States (Charisma News) – Just when you thought the Jesus statue on a Montana mountain was safe …
The federal government made the decision last week to renew the lease that keeps the memorial in place, delivering a sound defeat for an atheist organization that challenged the memorial. But the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) is still aggressively defending the World War II memorial from yet another lawsuit filed by an atheist organization called the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF). The ACLJ said today it plans to file a friend-of-the-court brief backing the memorial.
“It’s clear this legal challenge represents the latest move in a troubling pattern designed to remove any religious reference from our history—a tactic that we believe ultimately will fail in the federal court system,” says Jay Sekulow, chief counsel of the ACLJ. “We are planning to file an amicus brief in this case—standing up for the constitutionality of this important memorial. We will be representing thousands of Americans who understand that this statue represents the history and heritage of the region, not a government endorsement of religion.”

The statue of Jesus was put in place on Big Mountain at the Whitefish Mountain Resort in Montana in the 1950s by WWII veterans who were also members of the Knights of Columbus. The veterans were inspired by monuments they saw in the mountains of Europe during the war. The statue of Jesus, they said, was put in place to commemorate the service of local WWII veterans—a war memorial.
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