City: 'No plans to move' shrines from public land

Kevin Keen

City: 'No plans to move' shrines from public land

CREATED Jul. 3, 2013
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - The city of Tucson put it in writing: controversial shrines on the west side aren’t going anywhere.
 
City officials recently received a complaint about the religious shrines on the southeast side of “A” Mountain. The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation argued they need to be moved from city land. Read KGUN9's original story.
 
The city fired back Tuesday with a two-sentence letter, writing there are "no plans to move or remove" the items at the sites.
 
Meanwhile, more local supporters of the foundation are speaking up. One wrote an op-ed published the Arizona Daily Star Wednesday.
 
Dr. Stephen Uhl also shared his article with KGUN9 News. He wrote city council “…should bear in mind that many other municipalities have received similar requests from FFRF; they have found it much less expensive to remove religious displays from public property than to fight this group which has settled constitutional law on its side.”
 
Members of local atheist and secular organizations plan to attend Tuesday's city council meeting to talk about the topic.
 
They are at odds with supporters of the religious sites. The proponents argue the shrines are part of local tradition, culture and religion.

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