A federal judge has ordered Dixie County authorities to remove a granite monument listing the Ten Commandments from the county courthouse.
Walton County residents are wondering if the same would happen to their Ten Commandment display inside the Walton County Courthouse.
A copy of the Ten Commandments has been on display in the Walton County Courthouse since the late 1800’s, and it doesn’t look like it will be going anywhere, anytime soon.
Many Walton County residents are baffled by the Federal Judge’s decision to remove the Ten Commandments from the Dixie County Courthouse.
Federal Senior District Judge Maurice Paul ruled the display is a violation of church and state.
"I don't understand why it really bothers people why it's there. Our county was founded on the Christian values,” said resident Genara Roop.
Some of that confusion may stem from the fact Walton County’s courthouse has had a Ten Commandments display for decades.
The difference is the commandments are part of a historical display.
They’re on a sign that sat behind the judge’s bench in ‘Courtroom A’ until it was moved in the late 90’s.
It’s now in the south-end lobby with other historical items, and away from entrances and exits, where everyone would be required to see it.
When we contacted the American Civil Liberties Union Tuesday to find out if the group planned a challenge, representatives issued this statement:
“Having the Ten Commandments in a public place is not always a violation of the Constitution – it depends on several factors. In the Dixie
County case, the court ruled that display did violate the protections afforded by the Constitution but other displays may not. It depends on the situation.”
Location is one of those factors.
ACLU representatives said if someone complained about the Walton County display they would look into it.