Albuquerque, N.M. • A trial has started in federal court on whether a New Mexico city can have a monument inscribed with the Ten Commandments on the lawn in front of Bloomfield City Hall.
The lawsuit contends the 6-foot-tall granite monument violates the religious freedoms of residents by conveying a message that the city endorses a particular religious belief.
The trial before Senior U.S. District Judge James A. Parker began Monday, the Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/1ctGnd2 ) reported.
The American Civil Liberties Union filed the suit on behalf of two Bloomfield residents who practice the Wiccan religion
"In my opinion, it says that anybody who doesn't agree with this monument on city grounds is an outsider," plaintiff Jane Felix testified. "It has no place on City Hall property."