Despite a Hawkins County judge's claim that a display of the Ten Commandments, along with various other documents such as the Declaration of Independence, is merely a historic display, the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) says the display at a public courthouse is clearly religious in nature and unconstitutional. In its letter to the judge, FFRF pointed out that the Ten Commandments have no relation to the civic heritage of the United States.
The display is backed by various churches which have raised $1,500 to hep get the display put up. Says one pastor, "It's really sad we have people who wrote the letter, and want to whitewash our society. We were founded as a Christian nation."