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Return of the Commandments

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They're back.

It's been four years since the City of Boise moved the 10 Commandments monument out of Julia Davis Park, and just as the memories of Brandi Swindell's community activism were starting to fade, the issue is being forced back into the spotlight.

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a case that will decide whether cities can select which monuments are placed in public spaces without the risk of litigation for excluding others.

If the court overturns the ruling of the 10th District Court of Appeals—which said cities could not discriminate between groups wanting to erect monuments in public areas—it could pave the way for the return of the Boise monument.

The news means the resurrection of the Keep the Commandments Coalition and the overall celebration of its supporters.

Swindell was doing her celebrating slopeside while attending her nephew's snowboarding competition in Colorado and was unable to attend a hastily thrown-together press conference.

She did manage to comment in a written statement sent to the media. "We applaud the United States Supreme Court for taking the historic case," she wrote. "The Keep the Commandments Coalition always maintained the City of Boise and the parks and recreation department had the authority to determine what kind of displays and monuments can be in public parks.

The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear the case later this year.