In 1998, local citizens filed suit challenging a Ten Commandments monument on the Elkhart city hall lawn. The federal district court upheld the monument, even though the court recognized that the monument communicated a religious message to observers. In February 2000, on appeal to the Seventh Circuit, AU participated in an amicus brief arguing that the permanent display of the religious object on government property violates the Establishment Clause. On December 13, 2000, the Seventh Circuit reversed the trial court’s decision, finding that the Ten Commandments display violated the Establishment Clause. On May 29, 2001, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review that decision.
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