This monument stands at the main entrance of a local public high school. It needs to be moved.
According to a letter sent to George Batterson, Superintendent of the New Kensington-Arnold School District by the Freedom From Religion Foundation:
This monument was brought to our attention by a local student who witnessed the monument when visiting Valley High School. FFRF is a national nonprofit organization with 17,500 members across the country, including nearly 600 members in Pennsylvania. Our purpose is to protect the constitutional principle of separation between state and church.So not only are non-Christian students marginalized by the monument, non-Catholic students are marginalized as well.
It is our information and understanding that a large granite monument of the Ten Commandments is prominently displayed at Valley High School. It is our further understanding that this monument sits between two footpath bridges that lead from the parking lot over a small stream to the main entrance of the school. Because of the numbering and missing commandment against "graven images," the monument contains a historically Roman Catholic version of the Ten Commandments.
I'll try to be as clear as possible. We live in a secular society. The guv'ment has no authority to impose one religion over another religion over non-religion.
This is clearly what's been going in in New Kensington and it has to stop. Religious liberty is at stake.