Moses came off the mountain with the Ten Commandments from God. … And now a coalition of two dozen states led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is stepping into a dispute in northwestern New Mexico over a Ten Commandments monument. Paxton and attorneys general from 22 states are supporting city leaders in Bloomfield who are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear their appeal of a lower court ruling requiring the removal of the display from the lawn outside City Hall. Paxton argues that governments shouldn’t be forced to censor religion’s role in history because some people are offended. Attorneys representing Bloomfield filed a petition with the court in July to have the case heard. They say guidance from the Supreme Court is needed because various lower courts are using different standards to evaluate whether such monuments are permissible or not.
Numerous states, members of Congress join others asking justices to take up NM case
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court has received numerous friend-of-the-court briefs in support of a New Mexico city’s ability to allow citizens to display a Ten Commandments monument among other historical monuments on public property. The briefs filed in City of Bloomfield v. Felix include support from the attorneys general or governors of 23 states, 24 members of Congress, and a variety of legal experts, religious groups, and others.
Last month, Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing the city of Bloomfield, New Mexico, asked the high court to take up the case, which involves a Ten Commandments monument on the lawn of Bloomfield’s city hall. In February, a divided U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit declined to reconsider a three-judge panel’s decision that upheld a district court’s order to remove the monument.
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Case Name: City of Bloomfield v. Felix
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