Local & Regional
Tue January 19, 2010
By Associated Press
Poteau, OK – Ten Commandments monument to go up in Poteau
POTEAU, Okla. (AP) A Ten Commandments monument that was planned for the lawn of the LeFlore County Courthouse will be placed outside a bank on a busy city street in Poteau.
Former Poteau Mayor Don Barnes says the monument will be dedicated Wednesday at the main branch of Community State Bank.
Supporters want the monument on the courthouse lawn but county commissioners want to wait until a lawsuit is challenging a similar monument in Haskell County is resolved. A federal appeals court has said the Haskell County monument unconstitutionally endorses religion and the county is appealing.
Community State Bank President Larry Spradley has said the bank is committed to displaying the monument for however long it takes.
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