Thou Shall Not Move working to keep battle alive
The Thou Shall Not Move organization will update everyone on what has transpired over the last month during a 5 p.m. meeting Wednesday in the Fraternal Order of Eagles on Arch Street in Connellsville.
The group was formed last year after the Connellsville Area School District was threatened with a lawsuit if a Ten Commandments monument, located on district property at Connellsville Junior High, was not removed.
At this time, the monument has not been removed and the district is in a legal battle over the issue. The monument has been there for more than 50 years.
Thou Shall Not Move was formed to raise money for the school district to help with the costs of fighting the lawsuit. Since then, the organization has been selling yard signs with the Ten Commandments on them and started a Ten Commandments monument fund to help local churches place granite Ten Commandment monuments on their property.
The Rev. Ewing Marietta and businessman Gary Colatch have taken charge of the group and have organized its projects.
On Wednesday, Marietta said they will be giving an update on where the organization stands on funding and how things are progressing with other projects.
“We have enough money to purchase 11 monuments for different churches,” Marietta said, adding that they know what churches will be getting them. He will announce the 11 churches on Wednesday.
The first church on the list to get a monument was St. John's Roman Catholic Church in Connellsville. But it has not received approval from officials within the Diocese of Greensburg for placement.
The Rev. Bob Lubic, church pastor, said it's all in a holding pattern right now. “I keep asking and they aren't able to give me an answer.”
Marietta said a monument will be held for the church, but they might start looking at choosing another spot in an area, close to the church, to try and get something moving in the next two weeks.
He added that they were having some PennDOT issues with the spot picked out at St. John's.
Marietta said an individual from Cleveland will be at Wednesday's meeting and plans to buy at least 10 signs to sell in the Cleveland area.
“This will be new expansion in a different area,” Marietta said. “We are slowly progressing outward, so that's exciting.”
A local attorney will be on hand to talk about the issue and how the right of freedom of speech might play a part in allowing the monument to remain.
Colatch said the purpose of the meeting is to update everyone and keep everyone informed and interested.
“We need to keep selling the signs and keep it moving,” he said. “If we don't keep it in the media, then the organization that filed the lawsuit will just wait it out until everyone gets bored.
“They'll go after the school district then, who will end up caving because they lost all of the community support,” Colatch added.
Rachel Basinger is a freelance writer.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Masontown councilman charged with harassment
- Connellsville preps for nighttime treating
- ‘Trunk or Treat’ events designed to keep everyone safe
- Police look for suspect in attempted child-luring incident in North Union
- Perryopolis going greener
- Springfield Halloween parades set for Saturday
- Harlem Wizards will take to the court against Connellsville All Stars
- Fayette to open central district court
- Somerset Trust Train Station Complex in Connellsville to hold grand opening
- Fayette seeks ownership of building for jail
- Connellsville’s ‘Mr. Trombone’ loves his life in small hometown