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UPDATE: Wyoming Co. officials respond to 10 Commandments controversy

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PINEVILLE (WVVA) - Wyoming County officials say there are no plans to remove a recently-erected monument featuring the 10 Commandments, despite the ACLU's concerns that it may be unconstitutional.

Officials who spoke with WVVA News Friday said no laws are being broken by the display, which was paid for by area churches and business leaders and erected on the courthouse lawn two weeks ago.

Circuit Clerk David Stover defended the monument and it's positioning in front of the courthouse.

"Surely to goodness the separation of church and state didn't mean that you couldn't place things on state property," Stover told WVVA News.

County Commissioner Silas Mullins was even more passionate in his defense.

"Not only as a private citizen of Wyoming County, but as a servant of the people of Wyoming County as the county commissioner I wholeheartedly support this project," Mullins said.

"As far as I'm concerned, these 10 Commandments will remain here forever," he added.

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- The American Civil Liberties Union is questioning a monument of the Ten Commandments installed on the Wyoming County Courthouse lawn.

ACLU-West Virginia chapter staff attorney Sarah Rogers tells the Charleston Gazette that there are constitutional concerns. She says government property is being used to advocate one religion over another.

County Commission president Jason Mullins says the monument was paid for and installed by a group of churches and business leaders.

Mullins says the group didn't seek the county's permission to install the monument. But he says commissioners who saw the monument being installed didn't object.

Mullins says the group wanted to address the county's drug problem and inspire others.

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