The Ten Commandments have been removed from the Jackson County Courthouse in Lexington, Ky., in effort to resolve a Federal lawsuit.
The American Civil Liberties Union sued the courthouse three weeks ago to have the plaques removed, claiming the displays were a government endorsement of religion.
Nine framed copies of the Ten Commandments were taken off display along with a 3 by 5-foot copy that hung behind the judge's bench.
Judge-Executive William O. Smith said he and other members of the local Christian community did not want to put taxpayers in jeopardy of losing a costly court case.
"Personally, no, I was not in favor of removing them," Smith told Ledger-Enquirer.com.
He called the fiscal court and the Christian community "one and the same," and added that the displays showed a collective belief in God.
Jim Muncy hung the Ten Commandments in the courthouse 10 years ago and said it was sad to have to take them down because they are the foundation of American law.
The plaques will now be displayed in local businesses instead.