HELENA, Mont. — A statue of Jesus on U.S. Forest Service land in
the mountains over a Montana ski resort faces potential eviction amid
an argument over the separation of church and state.
The Forest Service offered a glimmer of hope late last week for
the statue’s supporters by withdrawing an initial decision to boot the
Jesus statue from its hillside perch in the trees. But as it further
analyzes the situation before making a final decision, the agency warned
rules and court decisions are stacked against allowing a religious icon
on the 25-by-25 foot patch of land.