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"Save the Ten Commandments" group calls for taking a stand on Ten Commandments monument at Connellsville Junior Hig...

| Thursday, March 28, 2013, 12:11 a.m.

The Rev. Ewing Marietta, a leader for the “Save the Ten Commandments” group in Connellsville, called the battle “ground zero” and said it is time to take a stand.

Marietta made the statement during a meeting Wednesday at the Connellsville Eagles.

Marietta said the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the group that filed a lawsuit to have the Ten Commandments monument removed from the grounds of the Connellsville Junior High, is “trying to destroy our country.”

“Our liberties cannot be taken away. They are a gift from God,” Marietta said. “The Ten Commandments are the basis of our laws. If we don't teach our children about the Ten Commandments, someday they will ask why they have to follow the laws of God and our nation.”

Marietta drew parallels between the ongoing court battle and the United States fighting Nazi Germany during World War II.

He played a video called “Prelude to War” produced in 1942 shortly before the United States entered World War II. The video aired on the History Channel.

The video called World War II a “fight between the free world and the slave world.” In the video, an image of one of the Ten Commandments, “Thou Shalt Not Covet that which is Thy Neighbors” flashed across the screen.

“This is what was important to our country in 1942,” Marietta said. “What happened to our country in the past 70 years? The Constitution hasn't changed, but now we're not allowed to display the Ten Commandments outside a public building.

“This shouldn't even be an argument right now,” he added. “Why are we allowing these horrible things to happen in our country?”

When the British declared war on Hitler, Marietta said “they finally realized that the integrity of free men everywhere was being threatened by the Nazis.”

“There was no compromise in Nazi Germany, and there is no compromise on the Ten Commandments,” he said. “What we refuse to do is to move the Ten Commandments.

“There is only one way for our children to prosper and grow,” he added. “We're doing this for our children's and our grandchildren's future. We might have to make sacrifices and take a stand. The Ten Commandments provide the foundation for our country, and that's something we cannot lose sight of our goal.”

Cindy Ekas is a freelance writer.

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