Four upcoming "dedication events" for new Ten Commandment monuments are scheduled in and around the area of Connellsville, Penn. in what started as a grassroots response to a lawsuit from an atheist group over a 50-year-old monument at a local high school, as reported yesterday by Katherine Weber of the Christian Post.
Pastor Ewing Marietta of Liberty Baptist Church was sued by the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) for a Ten Commandments monument at a local junior high school. Heather Clark of TribLive.com reported that in response to the lawsuit, the Pastor is "installing numerous other monuments..."
The original monument was donated to the school by the Fraternal Order of Eagles. It includes "the figure of an eagle along with an American flag, two stars of David and an inscription of the Ten Commandments."
The FFRF complaint said in part,
“[Plaintiffs] contend that a public school district has no right to instruct its captive audience of impressionable students on which god to have, how many gods to have, or whether to have any gods at all.”
Pastor Marietta started the the "Thou Shall Not Move" campaign and "began ordering Ten Commandments statues to be placed throughout the town for whoever wanted to have the monuments on their property." So far the group has purchased fourteen statues at a cost of $1,685 each. The money was raised by "by selling yard signs advocating the importance of religious freedom and supporting the Connellsville School District's Ten Commandments statue." Weber reported that the "campaign also reportedly has 52 requests for monuments."
This is what a real grassroots movement looks like.
Cindy Ekas of TribLive reported that Pastor Marietta said,
"I'm not backing down. You're getting a call from God. Pick up God's call and answer it. The time is now to defend your faith."
Indeed it is.
To support the legal fund or the monument fund, send donations to “Ten Commandments,” P.O. Box 410, Connellsville, PA, 15425.