Some Bloomfield residents think the Ten Commandments should stay

Posted at: 08/11/2014 5:04 PM
Updated at: 08/11/2014 5:24 PM
By: Devin Neeley, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The city of Bloomfield has 30 days to appeal a decision made by a federal judge to remove a monument inscribed with the Ten Commandments from the lawn in front of Bloomfield City Hall.

Rhonda Hensley did not hesitate to share her opinion, "I think that it should stay."

But a federal court judge says that the city of Bloomfield has until September 10th to take down a monument of the Ten Commandments.

The decision comes three years after the monument was erected on the lawn of city hall.

It has since been joined by the Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights and the Gettysburg Address.

"I think it is a  document just like the Bill of Rights and the Gettysburg address, I think it's great that it's here on city property, one place you can come and look at all of them."

While many in Bloomfield have voiced support, the judge ruled the monument violates the first amendment.

Those we spoke with Monday aren't really seeing why.

Sheldon Pickering said, "I think it would have been, had it been infringing on anyone's constitutional rights, but I don't see how it's doing that."

He said though, that it isn't necessarily about the monument itself.

"I think that monuments are vain and repetitious, I think really it's what is in your heart and what you decide to follow," said Pickering, "do unto others and you would have them do unto you, honor your neighbor, don't steal things, you don't need a monument to tell you these things."