c. 2003 Religion News Service MONTGOMERY, Ala. _ Alabama’s Supreme Court associate justices overruled their chief justice Thursday (Aug. 21) and ordered that the Ten Commandments monument he hoped to keep in the judicial building be removed. Their decision followed Wednesday’s refusal by the U.S. Supreme Court to delay a district judge’s order that Chief Justice Roy Moore should remove the monument from the rotunda.
c. 2003 Religion News Service Update: ACLU Sues Over Salt Lake City-Mormon Street Swap (RNS) The American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal suit Thursday (Aug. 7) seeking to overturn a land deal that gave the Mormon Church jurisdiction over a downtown Salt Lake City block. The ACLU’s Utah chapter called the deal an assault on free speech, saying that city officials have failed to respect a federal ruling that Salt Lake City’s Main Street Plaza is a public forum. City officials sold the block of Main Street to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1999 for $8.1 million.
c. 2003 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ Members of the Assemblies of God concluded their biennial General Council meeting with a truncated prayer gathering on the National Mall on Sunday (Aug. 3). Thousands had gathered between rain showers with ponchos and umbrellas, but were forced to end their service early due to the prediction of severe thunderstorms. “The Bible instructs us to obey those who have the rules,” the Rev. Thomas Trask, general superintendent of the Pentecostal group, said from a stage in the shadow of the U.S. Capitol. “The Park Service has ordered us to close the rest of the service.