The U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday to hear a case brought by city officials in Bloomfield, N.M., seeking to keep a Ten Commandments display on the city hall lawn. The rejection lets stand a lower court decision ordering the monument’s removal.
Two Bloomfield residents filed the lawsuit against the city, claiming the display “offended” their atheist sensibilities and constituted an establishment of religion, even though the monument stood among four other privately funded displays representing American heritage.
Attorneys with Alliance Defending Freedom who represented the city against the lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union insist the Supreme Court needs to rectify its two disparate rulings on similar public display cases. The disparity has resulted in conflicting lower court decisions. —B.P.