At Harding High School in Marion, Ohio, there used to be a plaque of the Ten Commandments hanging in the hallway. It was there for over 50 years, a gift from the Class of 1953.
Over the summer, knowing that it would eventually be subject to a legal challenge, district officials took it down. And rightfully so — there’s no reason a public school should be encouraging students not to worship false idols or reminding them to have no other gods but the Christian one.
Now, one freshman (who clearly hasn’t taken a government class yet) is fighting to put it back up:
Freshman Anthony Miller is protesting the decision this week: He is attending classes, but not actively participating or doing his homework.
“I don’t care about my grades right now,” he said.
“I told the principal, until there is an agreement reached, I will not participate in any Harding-related activities, any Marion City Schools-related activities. Sports, choir, classes, whatever. I won’t even wear my Harding Marching Band shirt.”
How’s that for a protest? I don’t understand why the Ten Commandments plaque was taken down… so I’m going to continue not getting educated.
Yep, that’ll solve the problem.
I don’t mean to pick on a high school freshman, especially when his rationale isn’t much different from conservative Christian adults who are equally ignorant on this matter.
The school, understanding that he means well, isn’t punishing him. But they do plan to sit down with him soon:
[Superintendent Gary] Barber and Miller met Wednesday morning. Both sides agreed to meet Jan. 6 and start discussing where to display the plaque, according to the news release.
Barber said he and students will work with faith-based ministers and others in the community to discuss an appropriate home for the plaque. He said it would be a community discussion as students and administrators work together to find a resolution.
There are plenty of appropriate homes for the plaque. Give it to a local church. Let Miller hang it up in his house. Basically, anywhere outside the school or another government building is fine.
I hope the administration is just humoring Miller at this point, because there’s no legally sound compromise that can involve keeping the Commandments in the school.
Miller says he’s not opposed to displays from other religions being allowed up at the school — but we all know how out of hand that can get. Atheists, Pastafarians, The Satanic Temple will be at the front of the line to get their plaques on the school walls — and how could the district say no to them? It’s a can of worms that’s not worth opening. (Not to mention that the existence of other plaques would contradict the very first Commandment…)
(Image via Shutterstock. Thanks to Brian for the link)