Fla. Judge: Remove Commandments from Courthouse

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A judge is ordering that a Ten Commandments monument be removed from a Cross City, Fla., courthouse.

The decision comes after the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida sued in 2007 to have the scriptures taken down.  

The group argued that a government display of the commandments in the Dixie County courthouse violates the First Amendment, which prohibits government from promoting religious messages.

ACLU of Florida Executive Director Howard Simon praised the court's decision.

"We hope that Dixie County officials will find a permanent place for it at a church or other house of worship, which is the appropriate place for religious monuments," Simon said in a statement.

Dixie County Attorney Jennifer Ellison told the Associated Press that the county has not yet decided whether they'll appeal the ruling.
     
The judge is giving the county until Aug. 14 to remove the commandments.

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