(Montgomery, Alabama-AP) -- A federal appeals panel has questioned whether it's permissible for a Ten Commandments monument to stay in the Alabama state Supreme Court building. The judges asked if the 52-hundred-pound monument is effectively advancing a specific Christian religion through the government. Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore sneaked the monument in at night two summers ago. His attorney says the Constitution only prohibits Congress from making laws about the establishment of religion. He says it doesn't say anything about a judge putting a monument in his courthouse. He also argued that God is the "source of law and liberty" and the Ten Commandments are the basis for the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. But the opposing side argues that Moore represents the government and a specific religion and is trying to push the Ten Commandments down the public's throat. The judges will take between a few weeks and several months to rule, and both sides have said they'll appeal if they lose.