The U.S. Forest Service has ordered the Knights of Columbus to remove a nearly 60-year-old World War Two memorial from Montana’s Big Mountain because the memorial includes a statue of Jesus.
“It’s outrageous,” said Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-MT). “This is a bunch of attorneys getting skittish, worrying about something that doesn’t need to be worried about.”
The statue was erected in 1953 by a local chapter of the Knights of Columbus. Every 10 years, the group has to renew a special permit to maintain the small plot of land in the Flathead National Forest.
But this year, the group’s permit was denied and the Forest Service gave them until the end of December to submit a detailed plan in writing on how they plan to remove the statue.