Rutherford County Sheriff displays 10 Commandments in lobby - WKRN News 2

Rutherford County Sheriff displays 10 Commandments in lobby

Posted: Updated: April 23, 2013 06:44 PM

Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold has posted a copy of the Ten Commandments inside the lobby of the sheriff's department.

"I love it. I am so proud that people are finally standing up for our religion," said Rutherford County resident Cindy Wallace. "Thank God we have a sheriff with enough guts to put that in the lobby."

Linda Smith is also glad the commandments are posted in the lobby.

"It is good to publicize it," Smith told Nashville's News 2.

Rutherford County Sheriff officials said the Ten Commandments have been on display in the lobby since last year.

The display, which was a gift to the sheriff, also includes a copy of the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights.

"Should the Ten Commandments be posted in a government building? The answer is no," said Hedy Weinberg, Executive Director of the ACLU of Tennessee. "The principle this country was founded on is that, as individuals, we have the right to practice our own religious faith without government endorsement or supporting one particular doctrine."

Weinberg thinks all government buildings should remain neutral when it comes to any religion.

"When the government gets involved in deciding what is appropriate and what religious doctrines individuals should adhere to, we are eroding, we're jeopardizing our religious freedom," she explained.

Residents like Wallace are glad Sheriff Arnold is proudly displaying the Ten Commandments.

"I love it!" she exclaimed.

In 2002, the ACLU filed and won a lawsuit against Rutherford County for displaying the Ten Commandments in the courthouse.

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