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Group wants Santa Fe Ten Commandments monument removed

Joy Wang
February 06, 2018 06:40 AM

SANTA FE, N.M. – You might not notice it driving down Cerrillos in Santa Fe, but in front of Fire Station No. 3 is a six-foot tall monument made of stone.

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It was donated by the New Mexico Fraternal Order of Eagles on July 13. On it – the 10 Commandments.

Officials in the state capital looked into possibly relocating the monument last year after the City of Bloomfield was ordered to remove a similar monument in October. But many New Mexicans in Santa Fe said the monument in their community generally goes unnoticed and has been there for so long that it shouldn't be moved.

"I mean, it's already there, (why) go ahead and move it?" Norman Archuleta said.

The Freedom of Religion Foundation is a national group that says the piece needs to be removed from city property because it violates the constitution.

The group said the city shouldn't be displaying religion – not matter how long the display in question has been there.

Some support the monument in its current home, arguing that freedom of religion allows for it to stay there.

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