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Federal appeals court says Bible must be removed from display outside local courthouse

[JURIST] The US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals [official website] ordered Monday that a Bible had to be removed from a display funded by the private homeless mission Star of Hope [organization website] outside the courthouse in Harris County, Texas [official website]. The County had requested that the display be allowed to remain pending the outcome of an appeal to overturn US District Judge Sim Lake's ruling that the Bible's placement violated the Establishment Clause [First Amendment Center backgrounder] of the First Amendment [text]. Harris County Judge Robert Eckels [official website], a supporter of the monument, has stated that the County will fight to see the display returned to its place, including take the case before the US Supreme Court. AP has more.

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