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Big Mountain Jesus Survives Lawsuit

U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen of Missoula has dismissed a lawsuit that attempted to force the Forest Service to remove a statue of Jesus from the Whitefish Mountain ski area. The suit was filed by the Freedom from Religion Foundation, an atheist group. "Unquestionably, Big Mountain Jesus is a religious symbol commonly associated with one form of religion," Christensen wrote in his decision. "But not every religious symbol runs afoul of the Establishment Clause of the United States Constitution. ... Big Mountain Jesus is one of the only vestiges that remains of the early days of skiing at Big Mountain, and to many serves as a historical reminder of those bygone days of sack lunches, ungroomed runs, rope tows, t-bars, leather ski boots, and 210 cm. skis”/Missoulian. More here. (AP/Missoulian file photo: In this 2011 photo, Lyle Burke of Alberta, Canada poses with a statue of Jesus Christ near the top of Chair 2 at Big Mountain Resort in Whitefish, Mont.)

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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