What Fresh Hell Is This?

March 22, 2012

Yea, This Needs To Be Moved.

(H/t to our friends at Steel City Skeptics):

(Full sized image can be seen here.)

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.

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.
So not only are non-Christian students marginalized by the monument, non-Catholic students are marginalized as well.

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.


Ol' Froth said...

There is also a Ten Commandments monument on county owned land in South Park.

SamStone said...

You wonder what the administrators were thinking when they put it up. Whatever the reason, let's hope that the situation gets corrected soon and that the monument is removed from school grounds.

ben268 said...

Should have been removed immediately. I wouldn't be surprised if someone just removes it themselves.