Harris County Appeals Decision on Bible Removal

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Harris County wants the entire Fifth US Circuit Court of Appeals to review a decision barring the Bible from a monument in front of a courts building.

The Harris County Attorney's Office made the request Tuesday in response to a ruling earlier this month by a three-judge panel of the appeals court. The panel upheld a judge's 2004 decision that the display violated the establishment clause of the First Amendment.

The monument was erected in 1956, but the Bible was removed last year. The county had been sued in 2003 by a plaintiff claiming the display was offensive to non-Christians.

Earlier this month, two judges on the three-judge panel said the Bible became a religious symbol in 1995 when neon lights were added
around it.

The entire Fifth Circuit Court is not required to hear the county's appeal.