Fla. Residents Rally for Ten Commandments Display

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A federal judge in Florida recently ordered a Ten Commandments monument in front of the Dixie County courthouse to be removed.

However, the judge's decision has caused an uproar among several of the county's residents.

The American Civil Liberties Union initially filed the lawsuit against the county in 2006 on behalf of a non-resident who was offended by the monument.

Joe Anderson made the controversial five-foot high granite monument that displays the Ten Commandments. He gave it to the county and the monument has been displayed in front of the courthouse for the last five years.

"I just thought that was a good thing to do. A simple thing to do," Anderson said. "I never in my wildest dreams thought it would come to something like this."

The message "Love God and keep his commandments" is engraved across the bottom of the monument.

The ACLU argued that the display should be in front of a church, not a courthouse.

Sunday, more than 500 residents of the small down gathered to protest the judge's orders to remove the commandments monument.

"The people who live here, the people who know the monument, the people who know the background story behind it -- know that this monument is the artwork and belongs to one particular person," a supporting resident said.

"If I look at things I don't like, I just look the other way, grit my teeth and go on," another resident said. "But I don't want to sue anybody or cause a commotion."

The Liberty Counsel, a non-profit law firm rooted in Christian values, has appealed the judge's decision to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta.

The group is defending a similar Ten Commandments fight in Virginia.

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