First let me congratulate Marie Schaub for standing up for the Constitution. That's the most important part of this story.
Let me also congratulate her for offending a Fox News snowflake named Todd Starnes. He wrote:
A Pennsylvania school district capitulated to the demands of a militant atheist who filed a federal lawsuit demanding the district remove a Ten Commandments monument erected on a public high school campus.Wow. She gets called an "atheist" twice before she's even identified by name. Nice and subtle on the religious bigotry, Todd.
New Kensington-Arnold School District agreed to remove the massive monument within 30 days – ending a lawsuit filed in 2012 by self-avowed atheist Marie Schaub.
Schaub claimed the 6-foot stone monument erected outside Valley High School was a religious symbol and therefore was a violating of the U.S. Constitution.
But look at that third sentence. Does Todd Starnes think the 10 Commandments isn't a religious symbol? How can it not be? And since it simply isn't, the Supreme Court already said thirty seven years ago that:
the posting of a copy of the Ten Commandments, purchased with private contributions, on the wall of each public school classroom in the State has no secular legislative purpose, and therefore is unconstitutional as violating the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.Todd's also not pleased with the school district for not fighting harder (after fighting for five years and losing $160,000).
But this is the most interesting part of Todd's tiny tantrum: he obviously hasn't done his homework on this.
Take a look at this attack on Schaub:
Schaub also claimed the monument was offensive to her and her daughter. I can only imagine which commandment she found to be most offensive. Maybe it was the one about graven images. [Emphasis added.]Now take a look at the letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation that triggered this whole thing:
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. [Emphasis added.]Aw snowflake, had you just gone with "keeping the sabbath holy" or "bearing false witness" no one (and I mean no one) would have known that you didn't do much research before writing this little screed of yours.
How embarrassing this must be for you. Tripped up by your own lack of proper research.