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HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- A statue of Jesus on U.S. Forest Service land in the mountains over a Montana ski resort could be evicted amid an argument over the separation of church and state.

The Forest Service gave supporters a small victory by withdrawing its initial decision to boot the Jesus statue from its perch above Whitefish. But the agency warns that court decisions are stacked against allowing a religious icon on federal land as it reconsiders the matter.

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