Saginaw, MI

AU learned that the Saginaw County Board of Commissioners was considering a proposal to place a Ten Commandments monument in the lobby of the Saginaw County Governmental Center. The proposal’s sponsor, a county commissioner, made several statements in the press revealing his religious purpose. In a letter to the Board, AU urged the commissioners to reject the proposal, and explained that the federal courts would be unlikely to approve of the proposed new monument because of the sponsor’s clear religious purpose, the prominent and solitary placement of the monument at the seat of the county’s government, and the community uproar that the monument had already caused. After receiving AU’s letter, and in the face of opposition from other commissioners, the sponsoring commissioner declined to bring his proposal to a vote, and so the idea was abandoned.