In what may prove to be a daring move, Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold has hung a copy of the Ten Commandments in the lobby of the Sheriff’s Office. The commandments are next to a copy of the Bill of Rights.
The papers are considered to be “historic documents.” Keep in mind those same “historic documents” were ordered to be removed in the Rutherford County Courthouse a number of years ago.
In September of 2006, the ACLU won a request approve the permanent removal of the Ten Commandments in the Rutherford County Courthouse. Hedy Weinberg, ACLU-TN executive director, explained that "ACLU-TN brought the lawsuit only after we were unable to convince the Rutherford County Commission to protect religious freedom for all their residents. The Constitution guarantees that individuals, not the government, make choices about when, where, if and to whom to pray. Were government to deny individuals the right to practice a particular religious faith or to post the Ten Commandments in their homes, businesses or places of worship, ACLU-TN would fight to protect citizens' right to promote their religious beliefs and practice their religious faiths."