Churches helped buy city’s Bible-themed sculpture

10 Commandments lawsuit

BLOOMFIELD, N.M. (KRQE) – A former Bloomfield city councilor says two churches helped pay for a Ten Commandments monument on the front lawn of City Hall, but it was never intended to be a religious monument.

The ACLU is suing the city, saying the monument violates religious freedom and the constitution.

Councilor Kevin Mauzy has maintained that the monument was for historical purposes.

Mauzy says he wanted the Ten Commandments to be one of a few monuments with historical significance put up on the lawn.

According the Albuquerque Journal, he testified Wednesday that two churches donated money to the nearly $4,000 project.

A federal judge says he’ll issue his findings after getting more written comment from both attorneys. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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