HIBBING, Minn. (AP) — A bronze plaque with the Ten Commandments is no longer on view at the St. Louis County Courthouse in Hibbing.

Property management removed the plaque at the direction of county administration on Monday.

St. Louis County communications manager Dana Kazel tells the Hibbing Daily Tribune that officials consulted with the county attorney’s office, which recommended removing the Ten Commandments based on past court decisions.

County Administrator Kevin Gray says the northeastern Minnesota county received a letter last month from the Madison, Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation, questioning the plaque.

Gray says “the law and norms have developed considerably” since the plaque was installed decades ago.

The plaque reading “God’s Laws” had hung below the county seal and the words “district court” since the courthouse opened in 1958.

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Comments (4)
  1. Kevin Ol says:

    I’m really sick of this PC B.S. this country and its laws were based on the Ten Commandments and Judaeo Christian beliefs. If people have a problem with that, you are in the wrong country, feel free to leave.

  2. Hans Zink says:

    Amen Kevin. State, county and city officials are such a bunch of wussies, in it for the money and benefits only.

  3. Good. We don’t live under religious laws like the 10 commandments or sharia law, neither has any business being posted in US courthouses.

  4. Kevin Ol, is incorrectly stating that laws were based on the Decalogue. The laws that are included (murder, theft, etc.) predate Christianity and Judaism. Those that are specific to Christianity are not included in our national law. For example, our 1st Amendment directly conflicts with the commandment “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”