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La. Prison Agrees to Strip Monument of Bible Reference

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BATON ROUGE, La. – Officials at a Louisiana prison, already under fire for allegedly denying Catholic and Muslim inmates access to religious materials, have agreed to remove a biblical reference from a monument outside the prison gates.

Cathy Fontenot, a spokeswoman at the maximum-security State Penitentiary at Angola, said officials submitted work orders to have what was known as the "Philippians Monument" stripped of the religious references after a complaint was lodged last year by the Louisiana arm of the American Civil Liberties Union.

The monument featured a verse taken from Philippians 3:13 dealing with "forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead." Fontenot said the language will remain, but the verse's citation will be removed.

On the opposite side of the book-like monument, there was a "Prayer of Protection," which the ACLU complained about and is being removed. The prayer reads: "The light of God surrounds you/The love of God enfolds you/The power of God protects ...

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