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Judge says city can't put Ten Commandments initiative on ballot
Coalition will appeal to Idaho Supreme Court

Fourth District Judge Ronald Wilper ruled Wednesday the city of Boise cannot hold an election on the Ten Commandments monument voter initiative.

Leaders of the Keep the Commandments Coalition, a group formed in support of putting the monument on public property, said they will appeal the decision to the Idaho Supreme Court.

"This is a very important issue when close to 19,000 citizens of Boise signed the petition (to hold an election on the initiative)," coalition spokeswoman Brandi Swindell said.

The coalition collected nearly 11,000 valid signatures this summer from registered Boise voters who supported holding the election. Before the group even had the required number of signatures, Mayor Dave Bieter said he would follow city legal advice that the initiative was invalid.

City attorneys said city code limits initiatives to creating ordinances or laws. Putting a monument in a park is an administrative decision that is not up to voters.
The judge agreed.

"The placement of monuments in city parks is controlled by a well-established administrative process," Wilper wrote in his decision. "Therefore, the city is not only not required to place the initiative on the ballot but they are not authorized to do so."

Councilman Alan Shealy said Wilper confirmed the city's position. "As far as I'm concerned it's over, and we can get back to the business of running the city," Shealy said.

Bieter said he was pleased. "I thought it was a well-reasoned decision." But coalition leaders said the monument struggle is far from over. They said they will continue to fight until a Ten Commandments monument is in Julia Davis Park, even if the Supreme Court upholds Wilper's decision. The City Council voted Jan. 20 to remove the previous monument, which was donated to the city in 1965. The council hoped to avoid a lawsuit from an anti-gay group from Kansas that had threatened to use the monument as a precedent to erect its own monument against homosexuals.

The city returned the monument to the Fraternal Order of Eagles, which then donated it to St. Michael's Episcopal Cathedral in downtown Boise. It now rests in front of the cathedral, across State Street from the Idaho Capitol.

Swindell said the group promises to remember that council vote in 2007, when Bieter and three council members are up for re-election. Patrick Mahoney, director of the Washington, D.C.-based Christian Defense Coalition, said his group would run their own slate of candidates to challenge incumbents who voted against the monument.
"This is not over," he said.

Swindell and Mahoney also suggested they might try other voter initiatives that would pass legal muster. They didn't have specifics on those plans.

 Source: http://www.covenantnews.com/judgeroy.htm


Patrick Mahoney, director of the Washington, D.C.-based Christian Defense Coalition, said his group would run their own slate of candidates to challenge incumbents who voted against the monument.

"This is not over," he said.


If you live or know people in the Boise area, now is the time to start planning and working on a campaign to "replace" these elected officials. Some information to help get started is listed below. Obviously the City "Leaders [sic]" believe that the referendum would pass. So if they are not representing the people, who are they representing?

If they do recognize that our rights and laws are derived from God, then who do they really serve?

Yep, time to retire them from public office.

Contact info: Rev. Patrick Mahoney of the Christian Defense Coalition, 202-547-1735 or 540-538-4741 (cell)


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Back  Council Member Alan Shealy, Council Member Elaine Clegg, Council Member David Eberle, Council Member Vern Bisterfeldt
Front  Council President Jerome Mapp, Mayor David Bieter, Council Pro Tem Maryanne Jordan

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David H. Bieter, Mayor Vernon Bisterfeldt, Council Member
Jerome Mapp, Council President Elaine Clegg, Council Member
Maryanne Jordan, Council Pro Tem David Eberle, Council Member
Alan Shealy, Council Member


Source: http://www.cityofboise.org/

 

 

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