Ten Commandments Monument Denied at Potter Co. Courthouse

A Ten Commandments Monument will not go up at the Potter County Courthouse. County commissioners voted this morning four to zero against the proposed monument.

County Judge Arthur Ware says even though the county would not pay for the monument itself, taxpayers' money would pay for an inevitable lawsuit. Ware says, "it wouldn't be the county, because it's not budgeted. But the county would have to pay to defend a lawsuit."

Ware also says the monument that was proposed to go up had more than just the Ten Commandments on it; it also had religious messages on other sides.

County Attorney Scott Brumley says the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment forbids government from endorsing one religion. That is another reason he suggested the Commission vote against the monument.

Brumley also says allowing this monument would be the beginning of a slippery slope, with no end in sight. But he says he is sorry there is no room for a workable compromise in the situation.

But the man who wanted the monument at the courthouse says this decision is a violation of the first amendment.