Friday, February 17, 2012

Atheist Groups Launch Attacks Against Ten Commandment Displays

The anti-religion enforcers of the ACLU and Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) are out in force once again, sniffing for any sign of faith, worship, or Christian symbols at schools, court houses, or any other public venue.

On February 8 the ACLU’s New Mexico franchise filed suit against the community of Bloomfield over its display of a Ten Commandments monument on the city hall lawn. The lawsuit, supposedly filed on behalf of two local residents upset by the low-key display, “alleges that the monument is a government endorsement of religion and violates the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution as well as the New Mexico State Constitution,” the ACLU explained in its promotional materials on the case.

According to the Farmington, New Mexico, Daily Times, local secular activists sought to make the monument a divisive issue from the moment it was proposed back in 2007. Nevertheless, despite objections from some citizens and a petition drive against the monument, the Bloomfield city council approved a resolution for the display to be privately funded and erected on city property. The Ten Commandments monument was installed on July 4, 2011.

In the suit, the two aggrieved residents complain that the monument “represents only one religious point of view and therefore sends a message of exclusion to those who do not adhere to that particular religion.” Additionally, ignoring the origins of the Ten Commandments within Judaism, they argue that the monument somehow demonstrates that “the city favors the Christian religion and supports Christianity over other religions.” Read More