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ICC Note: As previously reported a Ten Commandments monument on city hall property in New Mexico came under dispute after the American Civil Liberties Union filed suit against the city in 2012. After years of legal battle, it was eventually declared that the monument’s presence on government property was unconstitutional and that it must be moved to church grounds. While the decision has been met with mixed reactions, the court ultimately decided that having the monument on government property would have served as a government endorsement of religion.

By Heather Clark

11/11/2017 United States (Christian News Network) – A Ten Commandments monument that had been declared unconstitutional by a federal appeals court last November will be moved to the grounds of a local church after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to intervene in the matter.

The Decalogue display, which had been erected at the Bloomfield City Hall in 2011 following approval by city council, will now be relocated to the First Baptist Church of Bloomfield.

“It’s something that the whole community can enjoy and appreciate,” Kevin Mauzy of the Four Corners Historical Monument Project told the Associated Press.

As previously reported, the presence of the monument—which sat among other displays not of a religious nature—had been challenged by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which represented Wiccans Jane Felix and Buford Coone of the Order of the Cauldron of the Sage. The women claimed that the Ten Commandments slab made them feel “alienated” since they are not Christians.

“Presented to the people of San Juan County by private citizens recognizing the significance of these laws on our nation’s history,” the Decalogue read, which was unveiled during a special ceremony.

“Our clients who are not Christians, they took issue with this and it made them feel alienated from their community,” Alexandra Smith, legal director for the ACLU of New Mexico, told local television station KRQE.

The organization filed a lawsuit against the city in 2012, asserting that the monument’s presence on government property amounts to the government endorsement of religion. While the city argued before the court that the monument was historical in nature, the ACLU contended that the content of the Commandments themselves is blatantly religious.


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