Washington, D.C. Public Display of the Ten Commandments Controversy Update

June 14, 2006

WASHINGTON, June 8 /Christian Newswire/ — A Washington, D.C. Department of Transportation official was discovered taking pictures of garden displays on Capitol Hill to fight potential federal civil rights lawsuit by Rev. Rob Schenck and Faith and Action after their public display of the Ten Commandments.

The DOT official explained they were taking the pictures to issue compliance letters to all homeowners who have not applied for permits for their garden displays.

The District of Columbia’s actions confirm that Rev. Schenck and Faith and Action have been singled out for heavy fines and possible loss of property for the religious nature of their garden display. It is clear the city is now scrambling to protect itself from a potential civil rights lawsuit.

The Department of Transportation official was discovered taking pictures of a garden display at the exact same time and the exact same location where the Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney was taking a picture in preparation for potential litigation.

The Rev. Rob Schenck, President of Faith and Action, states, “It’s outrageous that the District of Columbia would try to cover their tracks by blanketing Capitol Hill with compliance letters only after they had singled me out because of the religious nature of my Ten Commandments display. It is clear no one had bothered about any of this until I placed the Ten Commandments in my garden. Now, everyone will be punished for it. This is unfair, unconstitutional and simply out of control!”

The Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition and a spokesman for Rev. Schenck, adds, “This encounter clearly demonstrates what we have known all along. That is, the District of Columbia has singled out this Ten Commandments monument because of the religious nature of the display. That is clearly religious bigotry and discrimination. The city is now attempting to cover their unconstitutional actions against Rev. Schenck by issuing compliance letters to other Capitol Hill homeowners after the fact. This charade by the District will not work.”

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