American Atheists is suing Bradford County, Florida over a Ten Commandments monument that was placed at the entrance to the county courthouse. The county wants to avoid a legal fight and has told the group that placed it there to remove it, but that group is refusing to do so.
The American Atheists believe the monument outside the courthouse is unconstitutional, so they sued. To avoid a costly legal fight, the county asked the group that sponsored the monument to remove it.
In a letter to the Community Men’s Fellowship written June 11, county manager Harry Hatcher wrote: “Please accept this letter as Bradford County’s formal notice that the Community Men’s Fellowship must remove it’s Ten Commandments monument from the Bradford County Courthouse property immediately.”
Two weeks later, Community Men’s Fellowship wrote back: “We have prayerfully considered your request and have determined that we will not comply with the County’s order.”
Terry Brown, the attorney representing Bradford County, said the county wants to avoid spending tax dollars to fight over a religious marker.
“The county doesn’t have the ability to move it without accruing a very substantial cost in doing that,” Brown said. “So somebody needs to pay for it, and it doesn’t need to be the taxpayer.”
Brown said Community Men’s Fellowship will probably be included in a lawsuit if it refuses to remove its marker.
I suspect this is all just posturing. The county could certainly remove it themselves without a lot of expense. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.