PA School District Says Ten Commandments Monument at Junior High Isn’t Religious Because It Includes a Bald Eagle December 12, 2014

PA School District Says Ten Commandments Monument at Junior High Isn’t Religious Because It Includes a Bald Eagle

This is a picture of Connellsville Junior High East in Pennsylvania… with a Ten Commandments monument right in front of it. It’s been there since the Fraternal Order of Eagles donated it in 1957:

A couple of years ago, Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the Freedom From Religion Foundation wrote letters to the district to have it taken down, and it resulted in the monument being boarded up with plans for it to be donated to a local church.

But then, following a lot of local backlash, district officials unboarded the monument… and nothing has changed since.

Yesterday, FFRF (and local plaintiffs) asked a federal court for summary judgment. In essence, they just want a judge to decide this thing once and for all.

The Connellsville Area School District filed its own request for summary judgment, but their argument to the judge is just ridiculous:

… the Eagles’ Monument is undeniably part of a secular display. The inscription of the Ten Commandments is simply one element in a display with an overall secular message

See? The Ten Commandments isn’t religious because there’s a bald eagle included in the display.

That’s seriously their argument.

I can’t understand how any sensible judge could rule against FFRF here.



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