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Pleasant Grove fights Gnostic Christianity group that wants marker

SALT LAKE CITY — Pleasant Grove is asking a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit by a Salt Lake City religious group that wants to erect a monument in a city park.

But Summum, a small sect based on Gnostic Christianity, asked U.S. District Judge Dale Kimball to allow it to erect a display of its Seven Aphorisms while the suit is pending.

The group is seeking equal space for its own marker in the park that has a Ten Commandments monument.

At issue are the Establishment Clauses in the state and federal constitutions, which prohibit the promotion of one religion over another.

Kimball says he will issue a ruling later in the dispute.

— Associated Press