Supreme Court Decides Religious Monument Case
It's unanimous: Pleasant Grove City, Utah is not required to display a monument in a city park donated by "a tiny religious sect" -- even though the park displays a monument to the Ten Commandments, a religious symbol endorsed by a much larger religious sect. Despite the skepticism expressed in this post about Pleasant Grove's apparent endorsement of one religious viewpoint to the exclusion of others, the Supreme Court analyzed the case under the Free Speech Clause rather than the Establishment Clause (that's how the case was argued to the Court) and concluded that the case was about Pleasant Grove's right to express itself by selecting which monuments to display in a public park.
“The Free Speech Clause restricts government regulation of private speech,” Justice Alito noted. “It does not regulate government speech.”
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