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At least one skier offended by Jesus
WHITEFISH, Mont. — A group representing atheists and agnostics has been allowed to move forward with its lawsuit that seeks to remove a Jesus statute near the Whitefish ski area.
The Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation filed the lawsuit in February, reports the Associated Press. It argues that the U.S. Forest Service is unconstitutionally sanctioning the 57-year-old statue maintained by the Knights of Columbus. The statue, says AP, was originally conceived by World War II veterans who saw similar shrines while fighting in the mountains of Europe.
To move forward with the lawsuit, the group had to name somebody who could claim actual harm. To clear this legal hurdle, the group enlisted a self-proclaimed local atheist who says he has frequently skied past the statue, which he considers religious and hence offensive.
Whitefish trumpets home-grown virtues
WHITEFISH, Mont. — It's Whitefish vs. Whistler in Powder magazine's "Ski Town Throwdown."
Whitefish Mountain Resort's marketing team has been priming voters for the past month with reasons for local favor: their town is more authentic because Whitefish built the ski hill, while in Whistler, the ski hill built the town. Whistler is crowded, and Whitefish is not. And so on.
Whoever wins this first round, explains the Whitefish Pilot, then faces Rossland and Nelson.
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