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story.lead_photo.caption The Ten Commandments monument, which sits near the state Capitol in Little Rock, violates the First Amendment mandate for religious neutrality, according to two lawsuits seeking its removal. ( Arkansas Democrat-Gazette / Thomas Metthe)

LITTLE ROCK — Opponents of Arkansas' Ten Commandments monument want to merge lawsuits seeking to have the display removed from state Capitol grounds.

Attorneys for the groups asked Tuesday to consolidate two federal lawsuits challenging the privately funded display. A 2015 law required the state to allow its construction.

The monument was reinstalled in April after the original version was destroyed by a man who crashed his car into it.

The lawsuits claim the display is the government's unconstitutional endorsement of religion. The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas sued on behalf of four Arkansas residents. The second suit was filed on behalf of a coalition opposed to the monument.

A man acquitted by reason of mental defect in May of wiping out the statute also destroyed a Ten Commandments monument outside Oklahoma's state Capitol.


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  • mrcharles
    June 20, 2018 at 5:15 p.m.

    Those them other gods we need not have before this one, can we at least talk to them or wrestle with them [ hopefully they wont cheat like this one did] , or have lunch with them... I will have a female immediately microwave some delicacy {{ not sure if can be pork or shrimp now since that is still up in the air}}}, or be in their presence with my old relatives.

    I was recently informed by a person who voices of revelation told them that the plaintiffs shall be smiten by the ancient mountain god of the goatherders.

  • LRCrookAtty
    June 21, 2018 at 6:09 a.m.

    MC..."god of the goatherders."
    Really, MC, goatherders? How can you be so racist? This is akin to the simian comments on here.