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  • Interior Secretary: More Diversity Needed In National Monuments – ‘Bronze White Guy’ Too Prevalent

    06/29/2016 10:53:54 AM PDT · by PROCON · 72 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | June 28, 2016 | Penny Starr
    (CNSNews.com) – Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said on Tuesday at an event focused on Hispanic-American Entrepreneurship that the national monuments in the nation’s capital need to be more diverse. “If you drive around Washington, D.C., in every circle and every square you generally see a bronze white guy – sometimes on a horse, sometimes not - you have to work really hard – like in front of the Indian embassy you’ll find Mahatma Gandhi,” Jewell said.“A handful of women – maybe – if you look really hard – sprinkled around the city, but there are very few places and memorials...
  • New Orleans delays bid process for Confederate monument removal

    05/24/2016 3:13:23 PM PDT · by BBell · 21 replies
    NEW ORLEANS (WWL-TV) – The city of New Orleans has cancelled the start of the monument relocation bid process that was scheduled Monday as the matter continues to be stayed by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. The decision to remove four monuments that celebrate Confederate era figures or events and the bid process to have them removed has been marked by controversy and court hearings. The city council voted late last year to have the Robert E. Lee statue at Lee Circle, The P.G.T. Beauregard statue near City Park, the Jefferson Davis Memorial on Jefferson Davis Parkway and the...
  • Bill to block removal of Confederate monuments rejected (Louisiana)

    04/06/2016 11:59:43 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 6, 2016 1:59 PM EDT | Megan Trimble
    A proposal to stop the teardown of Louisiana’s Confederate monuments and step into an ongoing fight in New Orleans has failed to win support in the state Senate, blocked by Democratic lawmakers. Sen. Beth Mizell, a Republican who lives 70 miles north of New Orleans, sought to create a state commission to sign off on monument removals. She told senators: “History is bigger than a single community or the mood of a moment.” The argument failed to sway Democrats on the committee, all of whom are black. …
  • Federal Judge shoots down injunction to prevent removal of New Orleans Confederate Monuments

    01/26/2016 2:33:34 PM PST · by Rebeleye · 29 replies
    New Orleans Advocate ^ | 26 January 2016 | Ramon Antonio Vargas
    A federal judge in New Orleans on Tuesday denied a request for an injunction to stop the city from removing four monuments related to the Confederacy. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier ruled that the New Orleans City Council's 6-1 vote in December to take down monuments to Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, P.G.T Beauregard and a white militia group that led a rebellion against the state's integrated, Reconstruction-era government did not break the law or violate the plaintiffs’ constitutional rights.
  • Taliban Like Attitudes in American South

    01/13/2016 12:21:39 PM PST · by kathsua · 12 replies
    London Telegraph ^ | January 13th, 2016 | reasonmclucus
    The world cringed when the Taliban destroyed ancient Buddhist Statues in Afghanistan. The Taliban destroyed the historic artifacts because Buddhist statues represented something the Taliban considered immoral. They didn’t want people to be reminded that people in the region had at one time been involved in something that was no longer considered morally acceptable. Buddhist statues were not “politically correct” under the Taliban’s view of the Muslim religion. Allowing the statues to stay advertised that Afghans had once behaved in what the Taliban regarded as an immoral fashion. Recent reports claim that ISIS may be doing the same thing to...
  • A monumental victory for political correctness in New Orleans

    12/19/2015 8:27:31 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 18 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/19/15 | Jeff Crouere
    Mayor Landrieu created a firestorm, stoked racial divisions, and attacked the city’s history, all to promote his political career. Yesterday, in the “City that Care Forgot,” New Orleans politicians displayed very little care for their city’s history, but showed they cared a great deal for political correctness. In a 6-1 vote, City Council members passed an ordinance supported by Mayor Mitch Landrieu to declare four historic Confederate monuments “nuisances” and remove them from the city landscape. It was a big political victory for Landrieu who created this controversy after the murder of nine African Americans in Charleston, South Carolina, by...
  • Jefferson Memorial, Confederate statues enter national race debate

    06/25/2015 7:23:58 AM PDT · by illiac · 39 replies
    LA Times ^ | 6/24/15 | David NG
    he Thomas Jefferson Memorial, which has stood near the banks of the Potomac River in Washington for more than 70 years, is a classical tribute to the author of the Declaration of Independence and the third U.S. president.. This week, the Jefferson Memorial was drawn into the national debate about race following the shooting deaths of nine people in a predominantly black church in South Carolina last week. It joins other public statues depicting Southern or Confederate figures, including Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee, that some are arguing represent the country's racist past and should be removed. CNN anchor...
  • The Priesthood in England - Part 2

    01/22/2015 5:18:09 PM PST · by Jandy on Genesis · 6 replies
    Biblical Anthropology ^ | January 22, 2015 | Alice C. Linsley
    In Part 1 we considered the Anglican, Roman Catholic, and Eastern Orthodox accounts of the origins of the Church of England. The information provided in Part 1 was taken from official websites of each of these branches of the catholic Faith. There is only point on which all three accounts agree: Augustine was the official representative of Rome and was based in Canterbury. So it is that the Britons were claimed as a Roman franchise. That historical reality has had ramifications beyond Henry VIII and the Reformation. The Roman narrative has dominated the conversation for so long that the deficiencies...
  • Hawaii officials drop plan to name park for Obama

    10/07/2014 1:37:03 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 53 replies
    Hawaii News Now ^ | October 7, 2014
    HONOLULU (AP) - Two Honolulu city councilmen have dropped plans to rename a popular beach for President Barack Obama. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports Councilman Stanley Chang and Council Chairman Ernie Martin decided to withdraw the proposal after hearing from the public.
  • Monuments to Obama raise some hackles

    08/22/2014 11:39:07 PM PDT · by CardCarryingMember.VastRightWC · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 21, 2014 | Dave Boyer
    Everything from streets to a parasitic hairworm have been named in honor of President Obama, but the effort to immortalize him is causing a backlash in one New Jersey town, .... ...Mount Obama on the island of Antigua; a Barack Obama petrol station in Ireland; and a parasitic hairworm, “paragordius obamai,” an all-female species that is able to reproduce without a male.
  • NPS Director Discussed Plan To Close Monuments With White House

    10/16/2013 9:26:30 AM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    youtube ^ | 10/16/13 | goprapidresponse
    NPS Director Discussed Plan To Close Monuments With White House (October 16, 2013)
  • Obama Administration Now Making 1st Amendment Decisions On American Citizens

    10/02/2013 10:17:01 PM PDT · by Lmo56 · 40 replies
    10/3/13 | self
    Most of you know that the NPS backed off today and allowed the veterns from the Honor Flights to access the WWII Memorial - as it should have all along. The NPS has reasoned that the vets are asserting their 1st Amendment assembly rights. It will also allow subsequent Honor Flights the same access for the rest of the week. HOWEVER, the NPS has declared [on orders from the Obama Admin.]that OTHER tourists and visitors DO NOT have the same 1st Amendment assembly rights. THEREFORE, the NPS has prohibited them from accessing the WWII Memorial. A politico has vowed to...
  • WH Directly Responsible?

    10/02/2013 8:45:42 AM PDT · by originalbuckeye · 55 replies
    10/2/13 | Originalbuckeye
    Just heard on the radio that the WH may be directly responsible for the closing and barricading of the open air National Monuments. Inquiries to the Dept of the Interior, etc, were intentionally vague.
  • Obama Designates 5 New National Monuments

    03/26/2013 3:02:00 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 35 replies
    YahooNews ^ | March 25, 2013 | staff reporter
    President Barack Obama has designated five new national monuments, using executive authority to protect historic or ecologically significant sites. Vice President Joe Biden and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar joined Obama Monday in the Oval Office as he signed five proclamations designating the sites under the Antiquities Act. The ceremony was closed to reporters. The sites are Rio Grande del Norte National Monument in New Mexico; First State National Monument in Delaware; Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument in Maryland; Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument in Ohio; and San Juan Islands National Monument in Washington state.
  • Despite sequester, Obama to designate five national monuments

    03/22/2013 6:21:53 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 3/22/13 | Susan Crabtree
    ven as President Obama highlights impending cuts to national parks because of the sequester, he plans to use his power as president to designate five new national monuments Monday, according to an administration official. The new monuments will be: the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument in New Mexico; the San Juan Islands National Monument in Washington State; the First State National Monument in Delaware and Pennsylvania; the Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument in Ohio and a monument commemorating Harriet Tubman and her role in helping black slaves reach freedom through the the Underground Railway in Maryland.
  • Ancient site needs saving not destroying (Chinese to destroy Buddhist site for copper mine)

    09/23/2012 5:08:31 PM PDT · by Innovative · 18 replies
    CNN ^ | Sept 23, 2012 | Brent Huffman
    This site is called Mes Aynak and is nothing short of awe-inspiring: a massive walled-in Buddhist city featuring massive temples, monasteries, and thousands of Buddhist statues that managed to survive looters and the Taliban. Holding a key position on the Silk Road, Mes Aynak was also an international hub for traders and pilgrims from all over Asia. Mes Aynak is set for destruction at the end of December 2012. All of the temples, monasteries, statues as well as the Bronze age material will all be destroyed by a Chinese government-owned company called China Metallurgical Group Corporation (MCC). Six villages and...
  • Sallie, Mascot of the 11th Pennsylvania Volunteers

    06/23/2012 5:18:40 PM PDT · by PaulZe · 23 replies
    It was during the first month of training in 1861 for the new 11th PA Volunteer Infantry Regiment when a stranger from town brought to the captain a puppy, barely four to five weeks old, and presented it to the regiment. She was a pug-nosed brindle bull terrier that soon won the admiration of all the men in the unit. She was cute, and the men named her after one of the local beauties in West Chester, PA, the site of training. In the weeks and months that followed, Sallie could count on the hundreds of uniformed men to play...
  • Signs Point to Administration Plan to Lock Up 13M Acres of Federal Land

    05/27/2010 10:28:09 AM PDT · by Outside da Box · 541+ views
    Fox News ^ | 4/27/2010 | Brian Wilson
    A leaked partial document produced by the Bureau of Land Management and obtained by Fox News suggests the Obama administration is considering a plan to lock up 13 million acres of land -- and the Department of Interior is refusing to answer questions...The plan may actually be more than 13 million acres. Republican members of the House have asked for the rest of the memo, but the Department of the Interior is refusing to hand it over...
  • Feds colluded with enviros on land lock-up documents

    05/15/2010 7:03:02 AM PDT · by Outside da Box · 8 replies · 509+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 5/14/2010 | Matt Gouras
    HELENA, Mont. — Recently released documents show the Obama administration was getting ideas from environmental groups about setting aside millions of acres in the West, drawing the ire of land users who said discussions were being developed behind their back. In the documents — most of which are e-mail messages — the environmental groups suggest various ways to protect land, such as by creating national monuments, buying private land or through conservation easements.
  • Why is Ken Salazar hiding memo on new monuments, wilderness areas?

    04/28/2010 3:34:22 PM PDT · by Outside da Box · 6 replies · 523+ views
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 4/28/2010 | Mark Tapscott
    Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar was asked in a Feb. 26, 2010, letter from Western Caucus Chairman Rep. Rob Bishop, R-UT, and other representatives from western states for the missing pages from a leaked government memo that “contained detailed information about the administration’s plans to designate as many as 14 new national monuments and lock up as much as 13 million acres in states throughout the West.”
  • In the West, ‘Monument’ Is a Fighting Word

    02/20/2010 4:56:05 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 20 replies · 588+ views
    New York Times ^ | February 19, 2010 | Kirk Johnson
    ... But the word “secret,” especially when applied to the possible doings of far-away federal bureaucrats, is right up there with “monument” in its ability to unleash vitriol among Western conservatives. In 1996, President Bill Clinton created the 1.7 million-acre Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in southern Utah with a surprise announcement that still resonates across the region as a symbol of government powers, or what critics call the abuse of those powers. The new Interior Department memorandum, people in both parties said, has reopened a wound from those days that never quite healed. “Given the lingering frustration felt by many...
  • Letter to President Over Potential Plans to Lock-Up Millions of Acres of Western Land

    02/19/2010 10:58:51 PM PST · by marsh2 · 33 replies · 862+ views
    Natural Resources Committee - Republicans ^ | Feb. 18, 2010 | Jill Strait or Spencer Pederson (Doc Hastings)
    http://republicans.resourcescommittee.house.gov/UploadedFiles/Ltr_to_Obama_Re_AntiquitiesAct_021810.pdf Hastings, Bishop Send Letter to President Over Potential Plans to Lock-Up Millions of Acres of Western Land Internal Document Reveals Administration Looking to Designate over a Dozen New National Monuments in the West WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb 18 - A recently obtained internal document from the U.S. Department of the Interior shows the Obama Administration is covertly considering designating up to 17 new National Monuments under the Antiquities Act. In addition, it shows that the Administration is also targeting thousands of acres of private land for potential acquisition by the federal government. The proposed designations and acquisitions would lock-up at...
  • Congress's Edifice Complex

    07/20/2008 4:55:08 AM PDT · by shrinkermd · 9 replies · 117+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 19 July 2008 | John Fund
    Charles Rangel, chairman of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee, is intent on raising $30 million for a new academic center in his New York district -- a center with his name on it. After securing an earmark and two other federal grants totaling some $2.6 million for the project, the Democratic congressman wrote letters on his congressional stationery to businesses with interests before his committee. They sought meetings to help him fulfill his "personal dream" of seeing the Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service completed. ...Until roughly the 1960s, people had to die before a grateful nation memorialized...
  • Park Police chief relieved of duties

    03/05/2008 11:09:05 AM PST · by JZelle · 5 replies · 82+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 3-5-08 | David C. Lipscomb
    U.S. Park Police Chief Dwight E. Pettiford yesterday was relieved of his duties while a panel of federal officials convenes to resolve problems within the agency that were identified last month in an inspector general's report, officials said. Chief Pettiford, who has run the department since March 2005, will retain his position but will be removed from duty while the group formulates a response to the report over the next two months, National Park Service spokesman David Barna said. Mr. Barna said Chief Pettiford was removed to allow him to concentrate on the work of the panel. But a report...
  • Report faults security at U.S. monuments

    02/04/2008 5:49:49 PM PST · by americanophile · 17 replies · 153+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | February 4, 2008 | SARAH KARUSH
    WASHINGTON - Inadequate security has left national icons such as the Washington Monument and the Statue of Liberty vulnerable, according to a government report on the U.S. Park Police released Monday. The Interior Department's inspector general accuses the Park Police of an "overall lack of commitment to its icon security responsibilities," citing chronic understaffing along with a lack of coordination and training. "We found that despite having increased security and law enforcement responsibilities since the events of September, 11, 2001, USPP's staffing levels are lower now than they were 6 years ago," the report states. For example, when two protesters...
  • Iwo Jima Sculpture, Model for Marine War Memorial, Is Losing Its Home on Floating Museum

    08/01/2007 8:27:18 PM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies · 765+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 1, 2007 | PATRICK McGEEHAN
    A 62-year-old sculpture of the flag-raising on Iwo Jima is getting the heave-ho from the museum on the aircraft carrier Intrepid while the ship is docked in Staten Island for an overhaul, museum officials and the sculpture’s owner said yesterday. The five-ton sculpture, which served as a model for the United States Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Va., has been on display at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum since 1995. But museum officials, who are starting to renovate the ship’s interior, said they declined to buy the sculpture from its owner, Rodney Hilton Brown, and asked him...
  • Revised Design for 9/11 Memorial Saves Many Features and Lowers Cost

    06/22/2006 12:51:48 AM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies · 775+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 21, 2006 | DAVID W. DUNLAP and CHARLES V. BAGLI
    The names of the dead would be raised to the plaza from the pool level below, as many relatives have demanded. But thundering waterfalls would still cascade into those pools, at the bottom of two enormous voids marking the place where the twin towers stood. The reconceived World Trade Center memorial and museum, unveiled yesterday after weeks of anxious anticipation, tries to solve security problems, placate disaffected family members and, most of all, reduce the project cost from an estimated $672 million. A budget target of $500 million was set last month by Gov. George E. Pataki and Mayor Michael...
  • Now, Memory Fails Us: A critique of D.C.'s memorial monuments

    06/05/2006 8:46:07 AM PDT · by Republicanprofessor · 12 replies · 285+ views
    Washington Post ^ | May 28, 2006 | Paul Richard
    Something Has Gone Terribly Wrong With the Statues of Monumental Washington. Remember, tomorrow's Memorial Day. That's what it's for, remembering. The holiday's gone blurry. Now it's mostly fun (ballgames, setting up the barbecue, another day off work), but it used to be for focused recollections of the dead. ... The fallen mustn't be forgotten. We used words like "the fallen" then. That seriousness bred art. That art would shape the country's look, and Washington's especially. Vast amounts of money, artistry and effort would be expended on its making. The beauty of the art would illumine its high purpose -- to...
  • Bush Taps (Zell) Miller to Oversee War Monuments

    08/09/2005 6:21:19 PM PDT · by West Coast Conservative · 25 replies · 982+ views
    AP ^ | August 9, 2005 | JEFFREY McMURRAY
    After snubbing his Democratic Party to deliver the Republican keynote address for President Bush, former Georgia Sen. Zell Miller seemed a good bet for an ambassadorship, adviser post or maybe even a Cabinet office. On Tuesday, the White House revealed Miller's choice: a seat on the American Battle Monuments Commission. "I'm just an old man looking after cemeteries," Miller said in an interview Tuesday after President Bush tapped him for the job. Although Miller has retired from virtually all aspects of public life since leaving the Senate in January, he acknowledged letting Bush know of his interest in the commission...
  • The ACLU campaign to advance communist goals - (Christian landmarks,heritage dismantled & more)

    05/15/2005 3:23:55 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 108 replies · 1,896+ views
    THE AMERICAN THINKER.COM ^ | MAY 15, 2005 | WILLIAM J. BECKER, JR.
    Shuffling out of the movie theater last weekend, I emitted a silent scream, frustrated by yet another example of Christianity under assault, the tumescent epic, “Kingdom of Heaven,” a film so utterly contemptuous of Christians and adoring of Muslims that a leading authority on the Crusades branded it “Osama Bin Laden's version of history.” “What insane times we live in,” one film critic notes. “Here we are in the midst of the War on Terror, and all Hollywood can do is continually bash Christianity.” In an industry historically known for coddling communists (the blacklist, Jane Fonda, Stone, Spielberg and others...
  • How Russia Lost World War II

    05/10/2005 1:53:59 PM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies · 4,184+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 10, 2005 | VICTOR EROFEYEV
    Moscow MY parents named me Victor in honor of the Soviet Union's victory over Hitler, and I am proud of my name. I see no reason to cast doubt on the historical significance of that victory; for years the Russian people, who lost millions of soldiers in the war, have united around the celebration of Victory Day. Yet, as we mark the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II, we are seeing not so much a celebration as a major disagreement between millions of people, and even between nations. This city, having summoned distinguished foreign guests for the...
  • Police Dept. Security Concerns Alter Plans for Freedom Tower (World Trade Center)

    04/30/2005 2:42:33 PM PDT · by neverdem · 26 replies · 874+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 1, 2005 | PATRICK D. HEALY and WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM
    Security concerns outlined last month by the New York Police Department have set off a serious reassessment of plans for the former World Trade Center site. People involved in the rebuilding effort say that the revisions that need to be made to the site's most prominent feature, the Freedom Tower, could delay the start of construction from several months to a year. As a result, the lead developer at the site, Larry Silverstein, has proposed seeking public financing - possibly hundreds of millions of dollars - to pay for addressing the Police Department's security concerns. Such a development would be...
  • Jefferson Fenced In (Monuments Surrounded by Uglyu Structures)

    01/10/2005 9:44:49 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 6 replies · 386+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Monday, January 10, 2005 | Fred Hiatt
    Fortunately, Thomas Jefferson can't see the ugly concrete barriers and metal fences impinging on his monument; he is facing the other way, across the Tidal Basin. The barriers were shoved into place about two years ago, closing off the Jefferson Memorial parking lot. Now, as Spencer S. Hsu recently reported in The Post, the National Park Service is proposing to make the closure permanent and to add new barricades around the Lincoln Memorial, too.
  • Highland Park fountain will flow once again

    11/26/2004 7:50:43 AM PST · by Willie Green · 1 replies · 316+ views
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | Friday, November 26, 2004 | Violet Law
    Visitors to Highland Park's Reservoir Drive entrance next spring will be treated to a sight not seen there in 60 years. Water will spring forth from a fountain that has been dormant for decades beneath a blanket of weeds and dirt. It will be accompanied by a garden with tens of thousands of tulips, peonies, narcissus, hydrangeas and other blooms. The project is expected to cost $700,000, covered mostly by Regional Asset District sales tax money.
  • 'Staking' arouses terror suspicions

    09/09/2002 6:15:21 PM PDT · by ex-Texan · 20 replies · 345+ views
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | 9/9/2002 | Bill Gertz
    <p>U.S. national security agencies are on alert for a terrorist attack after the discovery that a Middle Eastern man carried out suspicious surveillance of the Washington Monument, the Pentagon and other buildings in the area.</p> <p>The man in question videotaped the Washington Monument on the Mall on Sept. 1 and paced off several distances around the monument, according to U.S. intelligence officials.</p>
  • WWII memorial is generation's touchstone

    05/24/2004 5:03:59 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies · 379+ views
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | May 24, 2004 | Bill Adair
    WASHINGTON - The big wall of stars at the National World War II Memorial struck a nerve with George McKinney. The wall has 4,000 gold stars, each representing about 100 U.S. soldiers killed in the war. McKinney, an Army veteran, said he knew so many people - friends and relatives - killed in the war that they would account for an entire star. He got choked up as recalled them. "I lost a brother," he said as a few tears rolled down his cheek. His older brother Cecil died when his plane crashed during a training flight. Joyce Siler, another...
  • 2004 WORLD MONUMENTS WATCH LIST :100 MOST ENDANGERED SITES ANNOUNCED

    10/13/2003 7:31:19 PM PDT · by nwrep · 7 replies · 804+ views
    ARCHAEOLOGY ^ | October 13, 2003 | nwrep
     ONLINE NEWS September 24, 2003 2004 WORLD MONUMENTS WATCH LIST OF100 MOST ENDANGERED SITES ANNOUNCED Endangered cultural heritage monuments listed this year range from ancient Ephesus in Turkey to Paraguay's railroad. (Courtesy World Monuments Fund) Endangered cultural heritage monuments listed this year range from ancient Ephesus in Turkey to Paraguay's railroad. (Courtesy World Monuments Fund) or the first time, the World Monuments Watch list of 100 Most Endangered Sites covers every continent, including its first Antarctica nomination, explorer Ernest Shackleton's hut. The list, announced today by the World Monuments Fund (WMF), also features for the first time sites in...
  • 10 Commandment monuments in Idaho no big deal

    09/02/2003 10:13:03 AM PDT · by bedolido · 11 replies · 251+ views
    Sokane Spokesman ^ | 09/01/03 | Erica Curless
    COEUR d'ALENE-- They lurk on the lawns, usually near a tree or the corner of a building. But nobody seems to notice the Ten Commandments chiseled into granite monoliths at many county courthouses, city halls and public parks in Idaho. And residents aren't demanding that Kootenai County, Post Falls or Hayden remove Western civilization's oldest rules for life from public property. ‘‘There are so many other things to worry about in our nation other than 10 sentences that say be nice to each other and don't cheat on your wife,” Kootenai County Commissioner Gus Johnson said. ‘‘It's a historical document,...
  • Move It or Lose It? Privatizing Religious Monuments

    08/14/2003 7:00:49 AM PDT · by Valin · 2 replies · 234+ views
    Thou shalt not make unto the public any graven image of the Ten Commandments? All across the country, individuals and groups have sued municipalities for the removal of monuments bearing images with religious significance. A series of landmark Supreme Court decisions in the 1980s launched this labyrinthine area of First Amendment jurisprudence by indicating that a religious symbol on public property may, under certain circumstances, convey an impermissible state endorsement of religion or preference for religion over nonreligion. Today, cities across the country must decide what to do with plaques, images, crosses, or statuary that have stood for decades, but...
  • Justice fights to keep Clinton monument edicts intact

    07/27/2003 10:32:30 PM PDT · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 7 replies · 190+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 7/28/03 | Frank J. Murray
    <p>Attacks against President Clinton's proclamation restricting access to seven national monuments and millions of acres of public land have reached the Supreme Court, where President Bush's administration is defending the discretion Mr. Bush once denounced.</p> <p>The Justice Department is asking the justices to reject two challenges to Clinton proclamations that Mr. Bush and running mate Dick Cheney, in the 2000 campaign, called "willy-nilly" and vowed to review, perhaps nullify. The question of Mr. Clinton possibly exceeding president's powers was a charged issue.</p>
  • Bush administration backs monuments [designated by Clinton]

    04/25/2002 2:51:35 PM PDT · by Glutton · 29 replies · 204+ views
    the Oregonian ^ | 25 Apr 02 | MICHELLE COLE
    The Bush administration will not challenge 17 national monuments that former President Clinton designated, including the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in Southern Oregon. Instead, the Interior Department announced plans Wednesday to proceed with management plans that will guide the myriad activities on monument lands, including recreation, road closures, grazing and fire suppression. Agency officials promised that the plans would be developed with "maximum input" from local residents, many of whom complained bitterly about being ignored when the monuments were established. "While I share concerns about the way in which these monuments were created, it's our job now to see that we...