Group asks courthouse to take down Ten Commandments painting

A group is asking a west Kentucky county clerk’s office to remove a painting of the Ten Commandments in the office. 

The Freedom From Religion Foundation says a "concerned resident" contacted it about the painting in the Trigg County Clerk’s Office. The nonprofit group says the painting violates the First Amendment of the Constitution, which reads in part: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof."

Local 6’s Robert Bradfield went to the courthouse Wednesday and found the painting had been taken down. Clerk Carmen Finley met with Judge Executive Hollis Alexander who told us it was Finley’s decision to remove it.

But, not everyone is happy about the decision. Business owner Phillip Ferrell told us Finley should have ignored the letter. "There’s too many people saying what’s wrong with the world. They need to get back to the basics," he said. 

FFRF attorney Patrick Elliott says he was not aware of Finley’s decision to take it down, but said it was the right one. "That’s all we wanted from the start for this to be resolved for the county and the properly follow the first amendment," Elliott told Local 6.

This is not the first time the foundation has Taken issue with Trigg County officials. In July, the group criticized Trigg County Judge Executive Hollis Alexander, saying he turned away a couple at the county courthouse to get married because they wanted a secular marriage ceremony

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