Posted: Jul 17, 2012 7:49 AM by Katy Harris - KAJ News
WHITEFISH - Montana Congressman Denny Rehberg played host to a Monday night informational meeting on the lawsuit surrounding the Jesus statue that sits atop Big Mountain in Whitefish.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service in January with the group claiming the religious statue should not be allowed on public land.
One of those who showed up Monday night at the Veteranns of Foreign Wars in Whitefish was 91-year-old Arnie Funk oh Helena, who made the trip to hear the status of the lawsuit himself.
He served in the U.S. Army 10th Mountain Division, the same division for which the statue was erected.
"If they tear that down now I think that would tear me down. That's the way I feel about it. Although I've never seen it or anything. But I know about it now, and I would feel they would tear me down, the same as it's tearing that down," Funk said.
The lawsuit is expected to go to trial in U.S. District Court in Missoula in March of 2013.