GRAND FORKS (AP) — A Fargo activist has asked a University of North Dakota law professor to help him sue to remove the statue of a Greek goddess from the top of the Grand Forks County Courthouse.
Martin Wishnatsky is using a legal argument similar to the one used to try to remove a display of the Ten Commandments in Fargo.
Wishnatsky wrote to Laura Rovner, director of the clinical education program at the UND law school, asking her help in a lawsuit to have a statue of the goddess Themis removed.
Themis, the ancient Greek goddess of law and order, traditionally has been a symbol at U.S. courthouses, her eyes blindfolded and holding the scales of justice. Her statue has been atop the Grand Forks County Courthouse for nearly 90 years.
“As a Christian, I find such representations of pagan religious figures in public places very distressing,” Wishnatsky wrote to Rovner.
When a Christian can look at their city and then find that the thing to spend his time on is removing Greek statues, then that person needs to revaluate their priorities. Much more distressing should be the three abortion clinics in Grand Fords.