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Sheriff displays Ten Commandments despite court ruling

10:36 PM, Apr 23, 2013   |    comments
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Despite a ruling that prohibits a Tennessee county from displaying the Ten Commandments, the sheriff is doing it anyway.

The religious document is now hanging in the lobby of the Rutherford County Sheriff's Department alongside the Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence.

About a decade ago, a federal court in Nashville ruled the county could not post the Ten Commandments. The sheriff says that ruling was made before his time in office.

Residents are split on the issue.

"We all have freedom to do and speak and say what we want, and believe whatever we want," said resident Linda Smith.

"It seems to me that on public property with public funds, that's something that should be left for churches, families, synagogues, and mosques and temples," said resident Steve Cates.

The sheriff says he has no immediate plans to take the document down.

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