New Mexico Ten Commandments Case to be heard by 10th Circuit Court

Ten CommandmentsAlliance Defending Freedom Legal Counsel Jonathan Scruggs will presenting the oral argument Wednesday before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit on behalf of the city of Bloomfield, which is asking the court to reverse a district court’s decision requiring removal of a Ten Commandments monument from the lawn of City Hall.
In 2012, two local residents claimed to be offended by the monument and filed suit through their American Civil Liberties Union attorneys in an attempt to have the monument uprooted.
“Americans shouldn’t be forced to censor religion’s role in history simply to appease someone’s political agenda,” said ADF Legal Counsel Jonathan Scruggs. “We hope the 10th Circuit will affirm, as the U.S. Supreme Court recently did, that adults ‘often encounter speech they find disagreeable; and an Establishment Clause violation is not made out any time a person experiences a sense of affront from the expression of contrary religious views.’”
In an effort to beautify the city, Bloomfield officials created a public forum on the City Hall lawn that allows private citizens to pay for and erect historical monuments. Over time, a variety of privately funded monuments were erected, including monuments honoring the Declaration of Independence, the Gettysburg Address, the Bill of Rights, and the Ten Commandments. Each monument includes the name of the donors and affirms the document’s significance in American history.
The ACLU of New Mexico, on behalf of Jane Felix and B.N. Coone, filed the lawsuit Felix v. City of Bloomfield on the grounds that the Ten Commandments monument offends the two residents and that it therefore violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.

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    • Name
      February 6, 2018

      IF THE 10 COMMANDMENTS OFFENDS THESE PEOPLE AND THE 10 COMMANDMENTS ARE TAKEN OFF THE PROPERTY WELL THEN WHY
      NOT TAKE THEM ALL DOWN IF 2 PEOPLE ARE OFFENDED BY THIS THEN NON OF THE OTHER STATUES SHOULD BE ON THE PROPERTY
      LOOK NO ONE SHOULD BE ALOUD NOT EVEN THE STATE TO HAVE THERE CAKE AND EAT ALSO FAIR IS FAIR TAKE ONE DOWN THEN TAKE THEM ALL DOWN FOR IF THIS COUNTRY IS CRYING OVER A STATUE IT SHOWS HOW IGNORANT PEOPLE CAN BE REMEMBER PEOPLE THERE IS A LAW CALLED FREEDOM OF SPEECH WEATHER ON A LAW BUILDING LAWN OR GROUNDS OR IN MY YARD WHAT DOES IT MATTER BETTER THAT THERE ARE STILL LAW ABIDING CHRISTIAN CITIZENS THAN A BUNCH OF PEOPLE TRYING TO MAKE OUR COUNTRY LIKE RUSSA OR CHINA LOOKS LIKE THE ONES WHO ARE CRYING ARE THE ONES WHO FAILED HYSTORY CLASS GROW UP PEOPLE,

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