A law firm that fights for religious liberty is offering to represent a Mississippi County that’s caved to threats from an atheist group.
Liberty Counsel founder Mat Staver claims the Itawamba County courthouse in Fulton has the legal right to display a copy of the Ten Commandments in the building.
Someone not known to the community was seen taking photos of the framed display and county officials later received a letter from an atheist group, the Freedom from Religion Foundation, that threatened to sue.
Threatened with a lawsuit, the display (pictured above) came down.
The county’s Board of Supervisors consulted with attorneys and determined that the display violates a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, The Daily Caller reported.
The display was replaced with a plaque proclaiming “In God We Trust,” the national motto.
“More often than not,” says Staver, “the Freedom from Religion Foundation just blows smoke.”
The atheist group is known for sending out a “bogus” and “distorted” letter to a public body, Staver says, and those public officials often get intimidated.
“And before you know it,” Staver warns, “the religious symbols, the heritage, the words, it’s gone.”
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