Officials in the city of Monument, Colo., sold plots of land in a public cemetery to avoid church-state problems over a Christian memorial on the property.

The Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) and Americans United wrote to Monument officials in February after a local Boy Scout erected a monument reading, “Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you, Jesus Christ and the American soldier. One died for your soul, the other died for your freedom. We honor those who made freedom a reality.” The symbol was erected in the town-owned cemetery as part of the young man’s Eagle Scout project.

Last month, Mikey Weinstein, founder of the MRFF, learned that officials had sold the land under the memorial to the Scout’s family. Monument officials say this resolves the matter, but Weinstein responded that it’s not that simple. He has written to town officials demanding to know whether the land was sold at market value and who will maintain the property going forward.


Americans United & the National Women’s Law Center file suit to challenge Missouri’s abortion bans.

Abortion bans violate the separation of church and state. Americans United and the National Women’s Law Center—the leading experts in religious freedom and gender justice—have joined forces with thirteen clergy from six faith traditions to challenge Missouri’s abortion bans as unconstitutionally imposing one narrow religious doctrine on everyone.

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