Vietnamese Refugee Wins Victory For Jesus Statue In Minnesota

Jul 26th, 2013 | By | Category: News Posts
A Vietnamese refugee erected this statue in honor of religious liberty.

A Vietnamese refugee erected this statue in honor of religious liberty.

Tuan Pham, a Vietnamese refugee who moved to the United States in 1980, has won a legal victory against the city of St. Paul, Minnesota over a statue of Jesus he had erected on his property.

The statue of Jesus is a replicate of the Christ of Vung Tao statue in Vietnam.

The city of St. Paul ordered him to take it down, but he received legal help from the Alliance Defending Freedom. Ultimately, the case was settled without a court battle.

James Magnuson, a lawyer involved in defending Pham said this:

Fundamentally, we think this is a case about religious liberty. Tuan Pham was a man who escaped religious persecution in Vietnam and he came to this country, as he says, β€œto build a better life based on ability to exercise his religion freely.”

Vandals tried to destroy the statue in 2012 by piling wood around it and setting it on fire. The marble statue was discolored, but has been restored.

Read more on this victory for religious liberty at MyFoxTwinCities.

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