Officials of the Dixie County in Florida's Gulf coast are appealing a federal judge's order to remove a five-foot-high granite monument displaying the Ten Commandments. The monument in front of the courthouse in Cross city is latest subject of the longstanding controversy over whether the U.S. constitution prohibits displays of religious monuments in public forums.
Last month, Florida federal judge Maurice Paul, ordered that the monument be removed. The judge's judgment agreed with the argument of the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida that the monument constituted the government promoting a religious message and therefore should be removed and placed elsewhere
The Dixie County manager, Mike Cassidy objected to the ACLU's argument saying that "We have not had one negative comment from the community. "
A 38 year-old mechanic who lives in the area also said, "There will be people standing around it to protect it when they come to remove it."
The Dixie County Ten commandments dispute is another in a series of similar disputes across the U.S. including, Kentucky, Virginia, Utah, New Mexico and Texas. The series of constitutional disputes was flagged off by the case involving the former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, Roy Moore, who came to prominence in conservative religious and political circles when, in 2003, he was removed from office for refusing to remove a Ten commandments granite monument from a state courthouse.