It's been nearly two weeks of legal debates and passionate protest. Now the Ten Commandments monument in the Alabama judicial building has been removed.
At about 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, officials moved the monument fifty feet, out of public sight. Supporters outside Alabama's judicial building lay on the ground and prayed as the 5,300 pound monument was taken away.
"It's sad. It's a tragedy really," said one woman.
Many in the Christian community across the nation, and locally, agree.
"Its a symbol of something we believe in," said the Rev. Bob Null of Meridian's First Assembly of God Church. "A symbol of the Judeo- Christian values this country was founded on."
But it's hard to ignore the legal foundation on which they were moved.
Dr. Kathy Baxter, a dean at Meridian Community College and a Constitutional scholar, argues that it's not about faith.
"It's not about religion at all. People in the U.S. can have whatever beliefs they want or no beliefs," said Baxter. "The issue here is a judge putting his beliefs on public display."
Even Mississippi's gubernatorial candidates have weighed in on the issue.
Republican Haley Barbour said Wednesday that, "the removal of God's law from the courthouse is wrong."
Democrat Gov. Ronnie Musgrove said he wants to start a vigil here in Mississippi starting Sept. 7, and "I would be proud to stand up for our values and display this tribute to the Ten Commandments."
Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore currently remains suspended with pay. For now, the monument will stay locked in a small room near where it has been displayed for two years. Moore is appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court, which could take up to a year or more.