August 12, 2014

"Judge rules Ten Commandments monument must go" – Santa Fe New Mexican

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.  Senior U.S. District Judge James A. Parker issued a ruling 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. – 8/9/2014