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Federal judge rules against Ten Commandments monument

Bloomfield, N.M. - A federal judge rules against a Ten Commandments monument in a New Mexico city.

Senior U.S. District Judge James A. Parker says the monument in front of the Bloomfield City Hall courthouse must go.

Parker says the city of Bloomfield clearly violated the First Amendment's Establishment Clause and must remove the structure by Sept. 10.

He says the monument constitutes government speech and has the "principal effect of endorsing religion."

Parker issued the ruling Thursday in a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union.

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

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

Source: Associated Press
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