What Fresh Hell Is This?

November 12, 2013

More On The Rev. Marietta Ewing And His Decalog

It's been a while since I blogged on this story and there've been a few developments.

First, let's congratulate the South Connellsville Council for doing the right thing (or at least for not doing the wrong thing)  From Marc Hofmann of The Trib:
Almost a year after the ongoing controversy surrounding the Ten Commandments monument started in Connellsville, South Connellsville council made a decision about an offer to place a monument in the borough.

During Monday's regular meeting, Councilman Clyde Martz said he received communication from the Rev. Ewing Marietta, pastor of Liberty Baptist Church, about placing a Ten Commandments monument at the South Connellsville Honor Roll.
There's Reverend Marietta again. This can't be good.  A few paragraphs later:
South Connellsville had to vote on placing a monument at the honor roll, a borough-owned property.

“We were advised by our solicitor to definitely not do that,” Martz said, adding the advice came from the fact that the issue has not been resolved with the school district in their ongoing legal battle and it would mostly likely end with a lawsuit against the borough. “That will put the borough in risk that we don't need at this time.”

Council unanimously voted against placing the monument at the honor roll. Council President Mark Ward did not attend Monday's meeting.
Good for them.  What's conveniently (and insultingly) left out of Hofmann's reporting is that while it's true that Connellsville's case has not yet been resolved, the question as to whether the Ten Commandments can be posted at a public school has been.  By the United States Supreme Court.  33 years ago:
This is not a case in which the Ten Commandments are integrated into the school curriculum, where the Bible may constitutionally be used in an appropriate study of history, civilization, ethics, comparative religion, or the like. Posting of religious texts on the wall serves no such educational function. If the posted copies of the Ten Commandments are to have any effect at all, it will be to induce the schoolchildren to read, meditate upon, perhaps to venerate and obey, the Commandments. However desirable this might be as a matter of private devotion, it is not a permissible state objective under the Establishment Clause.
Hofmann's piece implies that the issue of posting the Commandments in a public school "has not been resolved" which is simply untrue.  Not permissible in 1980.  Not permissible now.  Posting The Commandments on private property is not the question here no matter how much goalpost moving is tried.  Something the good reverend doesn't seem to understand.  In a recent letter to the editor, he writes:
Because one person objected to the 1957 Ten Commandments monument at the Connellsville Junior High, residents have been awakened. We are offended because it is God's word. It also is the free-speech rights of the members of the Fraternal Order of Eagles who placed the Decalog, the students, the citizens of Connellsville, Nomalville, Dunbar, Dunbar Township, Bullskin Township, South Connellsville, White, Juanita and every other town in Connellsville Area School District to keep the commandments there. This county is made up of mostly Christians who will not back down, will not sit down and cower to some bully telling us that we cannot tell our children about the Christian heritage of the United States.
Reverend, it's not because "one person objected" and it's not a free-speech issue for those who want to sidestep the Constitution and impose their particular metaphysics onto everyone else.  It's about our secular government being fair to everyone.  Everyone not just the largest group of bullies who are offended because everyone doesn't agree with them.

Doesn't The Lord dislike liars who sow discord in a community?


SamStone said...

Great observations. Imagine have a separate drinking fountain for minority students and then claiming (1) it has been that way for years and (2) only one person complained. The Bill of Rights is there to protect the minority from the tyranny of the majority and has no exemptions for historical wrongs. The Ten Commandments on public school property is no different having separate drinking fountains, which Rev. Ewing just cannot see.

Iron City said...

So if the school district case goes all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court will it be a "do over" for the reverend and will the answer be the same as it was in 1980 given the current makeup of the Court?

Zeus0209 said...

I saw a great ecard: "Being an atheist is like being the only sober person in a car full of drunks and they won't let you drive".

The more they feel attacked, the more entrenched they become. The only successful avenue I see in grabbing sincere attention of the reverend, or Saccone, or any of their cloth, is telling them that these shove it down your throat shenanigans are what drive me away from religion.

Daniel Cocks said...

Now Rev. Marietta Ewing is protesting the city of Connellsville, Pennsylvania because some of its residents want to create a Human Relations Ordinance in the city that would protect everyone's rights. He does not even live in the city. I guess no one has any rights here and we must live under his rules! What is worse is that he is actually persuading our city council not to pass one.

Dayvoe said...


Can you email me the text of the ordinance?