A Georgia town has taken down religious symbols from its city hall in an attempt to settle a lawsuit brought by civil liberties groups.
The Ringgold City Council removed framed copies of the Ten Commandments and the Lord's Prayer from city hall in mid August. An empty frame that council members said was for "those who believe in nothing" was also removed.
The city government was sued in June of this year by Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the Georgia affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union. The groups charged that the display, posted in October, violated the constitutional separation of church and state. Two local residents served as plaintiffs in the Odom v. City of Ringgold case.
Said Americans United Legal Director Ayesha Khan, "We're delighted that Ringgold officials have decided to obey the Constitution. Americans from all religious perspectives will now feel welcome in city hall.
"The council clearly intended to send a message of religious favoritism when it put up the religious symbols," continued Khan. "By taking them...