Utah religious group Summum sues to display monument

Summum After losing its case in federal court, a Utah religious group is now asking a state court judge to allow a monument in a Pleasant Grove city park.

Summum — which was founded in 1975 and is headquartered in a pyramid-shaped temple — encourages some Egyptian practices, such as mummification.

Judge dismisses Summum request for equal space with Ten Commandments

Summum A federal judge on Thursday tossed out a lawsuit by a Salt Lake City religious group seeking equal space for its own marker in a Pleasant Grove city park that has a Ten Commandments monument.

Summum — which was founded in 1975 and is headquartered in a pyramid-shaped temple — encourages some Egyptian practices, such as mummification. It has demanded public space for a monument touting its ‘Seven Aphorisms.’

Summum sect asks to erect monument while suit is pending

Summum Summum, a small sect based on Gnostic Christianity, is suing Pleasant Grove, Utah seeking to erect a display of its Seven Aphorisms in a park in Pleasantgrove, Utah.

The town seeks to have the suit thrown out.

U.S. Supreme Court turns down Summum sect’s demand for religious display

Summum The justices today unanimously overturned a ruling that required Pleasant Grove, Utah, to give equal access to Summum, a church that wants to display its “seven aphorisms.”

Writing for the court, Justice Samuel Alito said the Pleasant Grove monument represented “government speech,” exempting it from having to give private groups equal access under the Constitution’s free-speech clause.

Tiny sect believes God gave Moses Seven Aphorisms before giving the Ten Commandments

Summum Followers of Summum believe that Moses received two sets of tablets on Mount Sinai and that the Ten Commandments were on the second set. The aphorisms were on the first one.

The tiny sect — whose founder says says he learned the aphorisms during a series of telepathic encounters with divine beings he called Summa Individuals — wants them displayed in a public park.

On Wednesday, the US Supreme Court will hear their arguments.

Fringe sect’s lawsuit delays monument to fallen WWII soldiers

A Utah religion whose followers practice mummification is at the center of a U.S. Supreme Court case that is delaying a permanent home for a World War II monument honoring fallen American servicemen.

Summum: A glimpse inside

Inside a bronze-colored pyramid off Interstate 15 in Salt Lake City, Corky Ra, the founder of the homegrown spiritual group, Summum, is reportedly submerged in a vat of mummification fluids.

High court considers religous display rules

The Supreme Court agreed Monday to look at when cities can keep certain religious displays off public grounds, revisiting an enduring free speech issue in a case brought by the unconventional Summum faith.

Seven Aphorisms equal to 10 Commandments, appeals court rules

A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that followers of the Summum faith can display their Seven Aphorisms in Duchesne and Pleasant Grove city parks that already hold monuments of the Ten Commandments.

Sect sues, asks equal space for ‘Aphorisms’

Followers of the Summum faith say Moses made two trips down from the mountain. On one journey, the prophet returned with the Ten Commandments, “lower laws” that were easily understood and widely distributed. The higher law obtained from the other trip, though, was passed down only to a select few who were able to appreciate […]

Request For Alternative Ten Commandments Monument

A religious group has asked a federal judge to require the city of Duchesne to remove a Ten Commandments memorial from a city park or allow it to build their equivalent nearby. The Salt Lake City-based Summum religious sect, which practices mummification, winemaking and sexual ecstasy, is seeking permission to build a monument of similar […]

Court OKs ‘Seven Aphorisms’ display

Deseret News, July 20, 2002 http://www.deseretnews.com/dn/view/0,1249,405019039,00.html By Elaine Jarvik Deseret News staff writer The “Seven Aphorisms” can be displayed next to the “Ten Commandments,” the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday. The aphorisms are principles of a Utah-based religion known as Summum, founded in 1975 by Corky Ra. Summum, which claims 250,000 members worldwide, […]

Religious group wants to make you a mummy

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH – Four-thousand years ago, ancient Egyptians believed that mummifying a person ensured safe passage to the afterlife. Now, a religious group in the United States is selling an updated version of the ancient art. Nearly 140 people have signed with Summum in Salt Lake City to be mummified once they die, […]
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