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Boise, Idaho to Become the First City in the Nation to Vote on the Public Display of the Ten Commandments

Contact: Brandi Swindell, Keep the Commandments Coalition, 208-867-1307


BOISE, Sept. 21 /Christian Newswire/ -- On November 7, 2006 the citizens of Boise will vote on replacing a Ten Commandments display that was removed from a public park by the Boise City Council in March of 2004.


The text of the Boise Ten Commandments Initiative is available at: http://www.earnedmedia.org/btci.htm


This past August the Idaho Supreme Court ruled 4-1 that the citizens of Boise had the right to hold a voter initiative on the public display Ten Commandments after city officials initially refused to put the question on the ballot.


This historic vote will profoundly impact the national debate on the public display of the Ten Commandments as it empowers voters, for the first time, to be involved in the decision making process.


Brandi Swindell, Co-director of the Keep the Commandments Coalition and a plaintiff on the lawsuit, comments, “We are thrilled that the citizens of Boise will have the right to vote on the nation’s first initiative on the public display of the Ten Commandments.  This is an historic vote for all those who cherish liberty and the democratic freedoms our country was founded upon.


We believe it is the right of the citizens to publicly decide what kinds of values best represent their communities.  Not government officials.  And, the principles and values enumerated by the Ten Commandments make all our communities stronger, saver and healthier.  Regardless of a person’s faith tradition, we are all better off when we do not lie, steal and commit violent acts against one another.


It is our hope that communities across the nation will soon hold similar such Ten Commandments voter initiatives.”


For more information or interviews call: Brandi Swindell at 208.867.1307