Friday, January 29, 2016

Atheists Can Move Ahead With Challenge To Florida County Ten Commandments Monument

In American Atheists, Inc. v. Levy County, Florida, (ND FL, Jan. 27, 2016), a Florida federal district court held that American Atheists and one of its members have standing to challenge on Establishment Clause grounds a Ten Commandments monument that was placed on the Levy County courthouse grounds. It also held that plaintiffs have standing to assert an Equal Protection challenge after their application to erect a monument of their own near the Ten Commandments monument was rejected.  The court concluded that plaintiffs complaint plausibly states both 1st and 14th amendment claims. Religion News Service reports on the case.