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 City of Tucson is possible for what one group calls a violation of the Constitution.  It is because of a religious symbol in a public area.

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

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

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

Now, Freedom from Religion Foundation is writing to the City Attorney, explaining the legal cases that support its claim.  That letter will be sent in the next few days or so.  The group is also saying a lawsuit is possible down the road, but they hope to avoid that.

There has been a lot of feedback 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 show of support for the shrine, Freedom from Religion Foundation stated that the majority opinion does not make the Constitution irrelevant. 

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