CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Wyoming County's prosecuting attorney said Tuesday that a monument to the Ten Commandments would remain on the courthouse lawn despite concerns that it promotes one religion over another.
A group of church leaders raised money and built the monument in front of the courthouse last week, County Commission President Jason Mullins said last week. Mullins said the church leaders did not ask permission from the county commission before building the monument on public land.
The American Civil Liberties Union said it would seek to remove the monument because it discriminates against non-believers and religious minorities.
Wyoming County Prosecuting Attorney Michael Cochrane said he researched the topic and advised the County Commission to leave it alone for now.
Cochrane said the issue is whether the monument promotes Christianity over other religions, and he doesn't think it does.
The group who raised money and erected the monument wanted to spread a message of good morality and not Christianity, he said.
"I researched different religions as far as whether the Ten Commandments is discriminatory or not," Cochrane said. "Basically a type of Ten Commandments is cut across a lot of religions."
The Ten Commandments have origins in Judaism and parallel scriptures appear in Islamic texts, he said.
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