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Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, 11:52 p.m.

The Rev. Ewing Marietta, pastor of Liberty Baptist Church and a member of the grassroots organization Thou Shall Not Move, appealed Wednesday to the Fayette County Commissioners for support.

The group recently was formed after the Freedom From Religion Foundation and an anonymous parent and student filed a federal lawsuit against the Connellsville Area School District claiming constitutional violations. The lawsuit resulted from a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of Connellsville Junior High School.

Marietta told the commissioners the Ten Commandments formed the basis for the country's laws.

He asked for a proclamation supporting the monument and possible efforts to see it named a national historic landmark.

All three commissioners noted that the commissioners have no authority in national landmark designations.

Even symbolic support would require public input and solicitor review, they said, to avoid any potential exposure to litigation.

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