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Thompson & Knight Attorney David Furlow says Circumstances Dictate Response to Ten Commandments Controversies
August 31, 2012 7:07 am

A federal appellate court recently allowed a 5-foot-tall Ten Commandments monument to remain at the Dixie County courthouse in Florida although judges around the country have issued orders to remove similar expressions of religion from government buildings. "The court tossed this case because the man who sued was from another county and merely passed the monument while driving, which is quite different from the atheist Houston lawyer who walked by a monument to enter the courthouse where she worked," says David Furlow, a partner at Thompson & Knight in Houston and an expert on First Amendment issues. "All Bible monument cases are not created equal. Courts usually dismiss weak cases and typically order the removal of monuments that reflect a local government's support for one particular faith above all others. Many of those same courts also prohibit the use of taxpayer money to support one religion at the expense of others." For more information, contact Mary Flood at 800-559-4534 or

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