Memorial crosses:

  • Atheist group wants memorial crosses removed | A lawsuit filed by the American Atheists in U.S. District Court on Thursday seeks to remove steel crosses that dot roadways throughout Utah and memorialize Utah Highway Patrol troopers who have died in the line of duty (The Salt Lake Tribune, Ut.)
  • Crosses honoring troopers protested | Atheists' suit says Utah markers unconstitutional (Deseret Morning News, Ut.)
  • Atheist group demands removal of memorials (Associated Press)

Church and state:

  • State to monitor church operations | Government will monitor the mushrooming numbers of churches in Zambia to ensure that they operate within the confines of the law (The Times of Zambia)
  • Air Force's interim religion guides expected to be revised | The U.S. Air Force's interim guidelines on religious expression, which have drawn sharp criticism from evangelical Christian groups and members of Congress alike, probably will be revised, said Rabbi Arnold E. Resnicoff (Stars and Stripes)
  • Car tag proposal won't be blessing | "God Bless America" plates are far more likely to be another needless, expensive legal battle caused by those who cannot or will not understand the necessity of keeping government neutral in matters of religion (Editorial, Montgomery Advertiser, Ala.)

Indiana invocation ruling:

  • Ministers divided over federal court's prayer ruling | Even those who support decision would have preferred reaching a compromise out of court (The Indianapolis Star)
  • Judge has stirred controversy before | Experts divided on prayer ruling; prior decisions included abortion, DNA cases (The Indianapolis Star)
  • Some disinclined to give House prayer | Judge placed limits on Indiana practice (The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Ky.)
  • Religious tolerance takes a hit | Federal judge should not have made himself a censor of religious leaders' prayers (Editorial, The Indianapolis Star)
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