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Painting of Ten Commandments removed from courthouse

Painting of Ten Commandments removed from courthouse

Bill Stephens

September 8th, 2016

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CADIZ, Ky. (AP) — A painting of the Ten Commandments in the Trigg County Courthouse has been removed.

Kentucky New Era (http://bit.ly/2ccofph ) reports that Trigg County Clerk Carmen Finley originally hung up the painting, but removed it after being contacted by the Freedom from Religion Foundation.

The foundation says in a news release that the painting breaches the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. It also says the painting violates a Supreme Court ruling which states that a display of the Ten Commandments in courthouses violates the Constitution.

Finley says she originally hung up the painting five months ago. She says she put it up because the courthouse is a place of law and the commandments are the oldest laws she knows.

The painting is currently sitting in her office.

 

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