Judge: Ten Commandments Monument Must Go

BLOOMFIELD, N.M. (August 8, 2014) Senior U.S. District Judge James A. Parker says a Ten Commandments Monument must be removed from the lawn of city hall in Bloomfield, N.M.

Parker issued the ruling Thursday in a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, saying the monument constitutes government speech and has the "principal effect of endorsing religion."

In a 32-page opinion, Parker says the city of Bloomfield clearly violated the First Amendment's Establishment Clause and must take the monument down by Sept. 10.

The suit was filed on behalf of two Bloomfield residents, who argued the monument violates their religious freedoms.

City attorneys say private individuals erected and paid for the monument under a 2007 city resolution.

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