Ten Commandments Monument Suit Dismissed

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A federal judge in Utah has dismissed a lawsuit over a monument displaying the Ten Commandments.

The decision comes after a religious group known as Summum wanted to display its monument of controversial teachings in Pleasant Grove.

Last year the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that local governments can choose what to display in a public park without violating the First Amendment.

The Summum group said if the Ten Commandments are allowed, then they should be allowed to display its Seven Aphorisms. But the city said the Ten commandments are displayed for historical purposes and not religious purposes.

"There is no evidence that anyone in Pleasant Grove government had any idea what Summum's religious beliefs were," U.S. District Judge Dale Kimball wrote in his decision.

Summum is a Latin word meaning highest or greatest, and rooted in Gnostic Christianity. The group believes Moses received the Seven Aphorisms along with the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai. The group believes Moses destroyed the tablet containing the aphorisms, because he saw the Israelites were not ready for them.

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