Bible Displayed in Courthouse Monument Causes Controversy in TX

August 4, 2004

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On August 4, 2004 The Houston Chronicle reported, "A businessman who helped erect a courthouse monument featuring an open Bible and an ex-judge who rescued it from neglect testified Tuesday about their Christian faith and their belief that America is a Christian nation.

Both also said their intent was not to convert passers-by but to honor deceased philanthropist William S. Mosher, who donated generously to the Star of Hope Mission for the homeless and served on its board.

Real estate broker and attorney Kay Staley has sued in federal court to have the monument removed, contending the display violates the First Amendment ban on an establishment of religion.

The King James Bible rests under glass inside a 4-foot stone monument on the west side of the Civil Courthouse, 301 Fannin.

After hearing two days of testimony, U.S. District Judge Sim Lake told lawyers he will issue a ruling next week."