Minister seeks Fayette County support for Ten Commandments
Published: Wednesday, November 21, 2012, 11:52 p.m.
Updated: Thursday, November 22, 2012
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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Well that's a surprise... a "minister" seeks support for the Ten Commandment monument? The reason the display is illegal is because it's religious in nature and Christian leaders are not helping their cause by trying to defend its message behind the court's backs. Our laws were NOT based on the Ten Commandments. The First Amendment and the first commandment are direct opposites of each other. To have freedom OF religion one must first have freedom FROM other religions. Please relocate this "historical" monument to a more appropriate place and consider replacing it with a monument of the Constitution.