By Hemant Mehta
For more than six years, the city of Bloomfield, New Mexico tried defending an illegal stand-alone Ten Commandments monument outside a local municipal building.
The monument was put up for overtly religious reasons in 2011, which is why it was ruled unconstitutional by multiple courts. Instead of accepting that result, however, city officials were goaded by the Christian Right to fight back. The ACLU warned them not to do it since the law was very clear on this topic… but they didn’t listen. Eventually, in February of 2018, they ran out of appeals and owed the ACLU $700,000.
Last June, city officials released a proposed budget that included that major payment.
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