Controversy still active over shrine on 'A' mountain - Tucson News Now

Controversy still active over shrine on 'A' mountain

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A lawsuit against the Cityof Tucson is possible for what one group calls a violation of theConstitution.  It is because of areligious symbol in a public area.

Tucson News Now firstbroadcast this story in June, about a shrine that depicts the Virgin Mary thatsits on ‘A' Mountain. 

The Freedom from ReligionFoundation states that having a Catholic symbol in a public park endorses thereligion. This statute was set up by a man who was exonerated after spending severalyears in Pima County Jail, and has been in place for nearly 20 years.

When Tucson News Now firstbroke the story, the group wrote to the city saying the shrine needed to betaken down or moved to private property. The City wrote back saying there is no health risk or public threat sothere are no plans to move the shrine at the time.

Now, Freedom from ReligionFoundation is writing to the City Attorney, explaining the legal cases thatsupport its claim.  That letter will besent in the next few days or so.  Thegroup is also saying a lawsuit is possible down the road, but they hope toavoid that.

There has been a lot offeedback on this story, especially on the Tucson News Now Facebook page,showing support in keeping the shrine where it is now. 

When asked about the showof support for the shrine, Freedom from Religion Foundation stated that themajority opinion does not make the Constitution irrelevant. 

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