Judge Rules Ten Commandments Monument Must Go

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A federal judge says a New Mexico city must remove a monument inscribed with the Ten Commandments from the lawn in front of Bloomfield City Hall.

The Daily Times reports that Senior U.S. District Judge James A. Parker issued a 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.

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The suit was filed on behalf of two Bloomfield residents, who say 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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