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Gallaway unveils new monument

Gallaway Tennessee is the kind of town where the water tower is the tallest structure and American flags flap in the breeze. It's a town that could be on the brink of debate over a new 10 Commandments monument installed right in front of city hall.

"Our hope is you'll be able to see our commitment to our Lord Jesus Christ," says First Baptist preacher Ron Grunewald. "Our commitment and stand, where we stand," he adds.

They plan to dedicate the monument in May. Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore has been invited. He lost a battle three years ago to keep his own 10 Commandments monument on display. He also lost his job. But Moore gained the respect of these men.

"I did a speech in Chattanooga that Judge Moore's pastor and son were at this gathering and that's how we came to get involved with Judge Moore," says Gallaway Police Chief Billy Phillips.

They don't anticipate similar problems over their monument, but know not everyone supports such public displays of religion.

"You're always going to have a battle, no matter which side you stand," says Assistant Police Chief Don James. They say they're ready for it.

"I hope so," adds James.

They just hope it doesn't come to that.

However, the city of Gallaway could be opening itself up to a lawsuit according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

That's the group that took Judge Roy Moore to court. Here's what a spokesman told Action News 5:

"Case law says government can sponsor a display of the 10 Commandments in conjunction with other documents or displays, but not alone," said Mark Potok. "Otherwise it serves as an endorsement of one particular religion," he added.

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