Ten Commandments Controversy Moves West EVERETT, Wash. The city of Everett (search) is the new battleground in the debate over the Ten Commandments and where to draw the line in the separation of church and state. A granite monument of the Ten Commandments (search) is tucked among some bushes in front of the Everett Police Station, along with more visible World War I and II memorials standing near the same corner of the building. A 20-year-old local man has filed a lawsuit in federal court, saying the Ten Commandments monument on city property amounts to the government endorsing religion. The American Civil Liberties Union (search) and Americans United for Separation of Church and State (search) have supported the legal action brought by Jesse Card, who went to high school in Everett and is an atheist. Despite some recent court rulings that have gone against other similar markers on public property, Everett is fighting the lawsuit, claiming its monument has historical importance. It was donated by the Fraternal Order of Eagles in 1959 as part of a nationwide push to give young people a moral compass to live by. City officials say public opinion is overwhelmingly in favor of keeping the Ten Commandments where it is. Oh how we long for the days when you could do something like this without any controversy. Just goes to show how much we have changed as a nation.