Source: USA Today
On September 15, 2004 USA Today reported, "less than a year after a federal judge ordered that a 2 1/2-ton Ten Commandments monument be removed from Alabama's state courts building, legal battles have sprung up across the nation between civil liberties groups who are targeting similar monuments and governments that are determined to display them. Two dozen lawsuits ï¿½ including one that will be heard today by a federal court in St. Louis ï¿½ alleging that such monuments amount to an unconstitutional government endorsement of religion are in play in state and federal courts, say lawyers who monitor such cases. Many of the lawsuits have been brought by affiliates of the American Civil Liberties Union, Americans United for the Separation of Church and State and other groups. Some were inspired by the conflict in Alabama, in which the state's chief justice was ousted in November after he refused the order to remove the monument."