The Freedom From Religion Foundation has filed suit over a Ten Commandments monument at the entrance of a public school in Connellsville, Pennsylvania and — predictably — local residents have formed a group to fight it. They call themselves Thou Shalt Not Move. And they’re raising money to distribute similar monuments to churches in the city.
On June 29, the Thou Shall Not Move committee will hold a special event at the Fraternal Order of Eagles on Arch Street to celebrate the placement of the first stone Ten Commandments monument.
The group is dedicated to doing what it can to ensure the Ten Commandments monument remains on Connellsville Area School District property in the face of a federal lawsuit filed in September against the district that claims the monolith installed there 57 years ago violates the plaintiffs’ constitutional rights.
The Thou Shall Not Move committee has agreed to use funds from the sale of Ten Commandments yard signs to pay for the placement of stone monuments at churches that want one…
There are about 25 churches on the list to get a monument placed on their properties.
Hey, knock yourself out. That’s where such signs and monuments belong, on private property and in front of churches. They do not belong in front of a public school. The good news is that the judge has agreed to allow the plaintiffs to remain anonymous:
U.S. District Judge Terrence McVerry ordered in April that discovery should be completed by Aug. 23. McVerry ruled last week that the student and parent — Doe 4 and 5, respectively — can remain anonymous throughout the proceedings.
“There is a substantial public interest in ensuring that litigants not face … retribution in their attempt to seek redress for what they view as a constitutional violation,” the judge wrote in an opinion.
The good news here is that, unlike in many other cases, the school did not object to the plaintiffs retaining their anonymity. Why? Because they’re represented by a private attorney, not Liberty Counsel or other Christian right legal firm.