New Mexico Officials Defy Court Order, Refuse to Remove Ten Commandments Monument
Veronica NeffingerReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2016 Dec 12
City council members of Bloomfield City, New Mexico have taken action for a court of appeals to review the decision that a Ten Commandments monument must be removed from city hall grounds.
According to ChristianToday.com, a judge ruled that it was unconstitutional for the Ten Commandments monument to be on city hall property after two Wiccans complained about it.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit against the city on behalf of the Wiccans, claiming that "Our clients who are not Christians, they took issue with this and it made them feel alienated from their community," according to Alexandra Smith, ACLU legal director.
However, despite the judge’s ruling, members of Bloomfield City’s city council are standing up for religious freedom.
The city council members have unanimously voted in favor of a proposal which calls for a review of the original court decision by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. In addition, some residents of Bloomfield City held a vigil around the monument.
"We need to stand up for God, and then he will bless us," stated Anne Frost of Farmington, a town just outside of Bloomfield City. "We need to eliminate this silliness of Church versus State."
The Ten Commandments monument was erected in 2011 and was funded by private citizens.
Photo courtesy: flickr.com
Publication date: December 12, 2016