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September 1, 2015

A Sad Ten Commandments Follow-Up

The Trib reported yesterday:
A Fayette County pastor who advocated against the removal of a Ten Commandments monument from a Connellsville Area School District property died unexpectedly Monday morning, just days after a federal judge rejected an atheist's group's request to have the tablet removed.

The Rev. Ewing Marietta, 49, of South Connellsville was pronounced dead at 4:20 a.m. Monday in Highlands Hospital in Connellsville, according to the coroner's office. An autopsy has been scheduled to determine the cause of death.
Um, Liz? Liz Zemba of the Trib?

Hi, yea.  This is Dayvoe over at 2PJ. Before I continue onto Rev Marietta's passing, I want to tell you that YOU'RE SPINNING THE STORY - AND THAT'S REPREHENSIBLE.

You wait two more paragraphs to tell the truth about the FFRF's lawsuit:
Senior U.S. District Judge Terrence F. McVerry on Friday found the 3,000-pound stone monument to be unconstitutional, but he did not order its removal. McVerry said ordering its removal would be “moot” because the family who in 2012 objected to it no longer attends the school. [Emphasis added.]
By omitting that bit from your opening, you're actually taking sides with the story - that McVerry's decision was less about the Constitutionality of the slab's placement than it was about its removal - a confusing decision that's the very reason why both sides claim victory.

You took sides and I was led to understand that that's a no-no in journalism circles.

Or am I wrong?  Can you guys do that now?

Anyway, I was very sad to hear of Rev Marietta's passing.  Obviously he and I differed on many many things, but death (any death) is always very sad, as it always leaves an unfillable emptiness in the lives of the deceased's loved ones.

Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. (Matthew 5:4)

My sincerest sympathies to his family and to everyone that knew and loved him.  I am very sorry for your loss.

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