How would you like to see this when you walk into your public high school every day?
That’s the Ten Commandments monument sitting outside Valley High School in New Kensington, Pennsylvania (not far from Pittsburgh).
How does that even *happen*?! (Won’t someone think of the lawsuits?!)
The Freedom From Religious Foundation is — They sent a letter (PDF) to the district’s superintendent on Tuesday telling him to remove the monument immediately:
In addition to the unconstitutional purpose, prominent placement of the Ten Commandments monument at the school constitutes an unconstitutional endorsement of religion, in this case, the religious edicts of Catholicism. Any student will view a permanent 6-foot tall monument in front of the school entrance as being stamped with the district’s approval……
This is a particularly egregious violation so please inform us at your earliest convenience in writing of your plan to rectify this matter and the date at which you plan to remove this unconstitutional monument. We look forward to an immediate reply.
The FFRF letters points to court case after court case in which Ten Commandments monuments on public property were found to be illegal — they’re definitely not allowed on public school property, so I can’t wait to see how the school plans to defend this…
The Fraternal Order of Eagles donated the monument to the school. It’s not their first time doing something like this.
Now it’s time for our side to push back.
(Thanks to Stephen for the link!)