10 Commandments monument case in New Mexico may head to Supreme Court
Logos Post News Desk - After the city of Bloomfield, New Mexico permitted a private citizen to place a Ten Commandments monument in front of its City Hall, a lawsuit followed bringing the case to federal court, then appeals court, and now the case is currently being reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Foundation for Moral Law quickly responded in defense of the right to display the Ten Commandments, filing an amicus brief Monday with the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of the City of Bloomfield, New Mexico.
Foundation President Kayla Moore stated, "The Foundation for Moral Law was established upon the conviction that the Ten Commandments are the moral foundation of law. We hope the Court will take this case. States, counties, cities, school, and individuals all over the country are looking to the Court for assurance that the Ten Commandments can be displayed in public."
Two self identified "wiccans" successfully challenged the monument in federal court as a violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. Now the appeal filed by The Foundation for Moral Law may take it to the Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court will look at the petition that has been filed and determine if this is a case they will accept, but according to Foundation Senior Counsel John Eidsmoe, not every case can be accepted because of the sheer volume of cases each year.
"We hope it's one they accept but many cases are declined," acknowledged Eidmoe. He asserted that our country was founded under the acknowledgement of God and therefore all have rights to express those beliefs.
The case has been in hearing since 2012 when Alliance Defending Freedom reported that a number of monuments are placed by individual donors in from of City Hall to beautify the city. The 10 Commandments monument is no different.
"In an effort to beautify the city, Bloomfield officials created a public forum on the City Hall lawn that gives private citizens the opportunity to pay for and erect historical monuments. Over time, a variety of privately funded monuments were erected, including monuments honoring the Declaration of Independence, the Gettysburg Address, the Bill of Rights, and the Ten Commandments. Each monument includes the name of the donors and explains the document’s significance in American history.
Alliance Defending Freedom continued, "The ACLU of New Mexico, on behalf of Jane Felix and B.N. Coone, filed Felix v. City of Bloomfieldin the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico on the grounds that the two residents are offended by the Ten Commandments monument and that it therefore violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment."
Foundation for Moral Law Senior Counsel John Eidsmoe exerts the monument is not an establishment of religion.
"The Ten Commandments monument is not an establishment of religion. It is a recognition of the political philosophy of the Declaration of Independence: that we are under the 'laws of nature and of nature's God,' and that those laws require respect for life, liberty, property, family, truth, and God Himself who ordained government and is the Grantor and Guarantor of unalienable rights."
Eidsmoe added, "In our brief we demonstrate that when Renaissance, Enlightenment, and Reformation thinkers sought a model of republican government as an alternative to rising state absolutism, they looked not to Greece and Rome but to the Hebrew republic. As far as we know, this scholarship has never been presented to the Court. We believe it is a game-changer that has the potential to transform the Court's thinking on the role of the Ten Commandments in the history of American law."
Photo: Bloomfield, NM City Hall. Courtesy ADF