By Tristan Scott, Missoulian.com
Despite the statue’s fortitude, its uncertain future was the subject of a town-hall meeting held Monday in downtown Whitefish, several thousand feet below its alpine perch at the top of Whitefish Mountain Resort’s Chair 2.
The meeting was called by U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg, R-Mont., who has been an ardent supporter of the statue since the legality of having a religious symbol on federal land was challenged by an atheist group called the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF). . . .
On Monday, Rehberg invited a 91-year-old World War II veteran and former member of the 10th Mountain Division to speak at the town hall meeting, introducing Arnold Funk to a standing ovation. . . .
Rehberg assured Funk that he hoped to resolve the legal issue quickly, and invited CeCe Heil, an attorney for the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), to update the several dozen attendees of the meeting on the status of the legal case, which is filed in U.S. District Court in Missoula. . . .
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