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Federal Judge Issues Ruling That Bloomfield City Hall Must Remove Ten Commandments Monument


A lawsuit was filed in the district on behalf of two members of the Wicca Religion by the American Civil Liberties Union against the city. Judge Parker's ruling stated the city had violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to United States Constitution.

In his ruling, Judge Parker wrote in part:

"?The Ten Commandments monument is government speech regulated by the Establishment Clause because the Ten Commandments monument is a permanent object located on government property and it is not part of a designated public forum open to all on equal terms?In view of the circumstances surrounding the context, history, and purpose of the Ten Commandments monument, it is clear that the City of Bloomfield has violated the Establishment Clause because its conduct in authorizing the continued display of the monument on City property had the primary or principal effect of endorsing religion."

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