This is the picture of a Ten Commandments monument in front of Connellsville Junior High East in Pennsylvania — it’s been up there since the Fraternal Order of Eagles donated it in 1957:
If you’re confused, it’s because the monument is now boarded up. You can thank Americans United for Separation of Church and State for that. They sent a letter to the district last month asking for the monument’s removal — another letter from FFRF followed not long after that — and the district realized they were fighting a losing battle:
The district plans to comply — a move that is unpopular but necessary to avoid a costly lawsuit…
“It’s been here since 1957, and now we have to remove it,” [Superintendent Dan] Lujetic said. “If we wanted to fight this, there’s no way we would win.”
The monument will likely be donated to a local church, which is perfectly fine by me. That’s where it should have been all along. By removing the Christian imposition at the public school, the students are getting a fantastic lesson in how the Constitution works.
It’s unfortunate that the district leaders didn’t have the foresight to do this themselves, but this is why church/state watchdog groups are so vital. They don’t care if they do something unpopular. They care about doing the right thing.
Which is more than I can say about the commenters at this news website, who don’t seem to know (or want to know) anything about why this monument and others like it have no business being on public school property.
(via Steel City Skeptics — Thanks to Kevin for the link!)