Connellsville Ten Commandments monument battle continues
The Thou Shall Not Move organization, fighting to keep the Ten Commandments monument at its current location outside Connellsville Junior High School, discussed the issues again Wednesday night.
The Rev. Ewing Marietta told those in attendance there has not been any progress on putting the first Ten Commandments stone monument at St. John's Roman Catholic Church along Route 119 in Connellsville.
The organization, with the help of attorney Steven Walton, has put together a lease agreement that will be used between the organization and the property owner where any monument will be placed in the future.
Marietta said they hope to soon announce where and when the first monument will be placed.
The organization recognized both Walton and the Fayette County Commissioners for their support.
Commissioner Angela Zimmerlink, representing the board, commended the group.
“Nothing can be accomplished unless we all work together,” she said. “It only takes a small group of people with keen minds who keep on moving forward. You cannot give up, because that's what they want.”
Walton said that if the organization gets younger Christians behind the movement, it could take off with the help of social media.
Brady Szabo of Connellsville, who owns Szabo Media Services, volunteered to set up a web page for the organization, where anyone wanting to make a donation could do so.
Marietta said they have sold approximately 4,500 Ten Commandments yard signs. Marietta raised the idea of approaching Connellsville Area School Board members at their May 13 meeting, to ask directors to consider offering an English Literature elective course on the Bible, which is available in some curricula.
One high school student, Jared Mucha, said he could probably gather some students to show support for the addition of such an elective.
Marietta reiterated the group's stance that the monument on school district property should not be moved.
“It's just the principle of the thing that someone can come in and say something offends them and then have it moved,” he said. “We need to continue to stand with this.”
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.
- Connellsville gears up for big Christmas celebration
- Springfield Twp. family thankful despite blaze
- Connellsville Christmas Parade will be Dec. 5
- Barefoot toddlers found wandering in Uniontown Hospital lot
- Juvenile accused in Uniontown store burglary
- HObo Model Railroad Club display back in Connellsville
- Small Business Saturday events set in Connellsville
- Donations keep Connellsville Area Community Ministries food bank afloat
- Lost bear hunter from Westmoreland County located
- Fayette twins injured as newborns expected to be adopted by foster mother
- RAPTOR program explained in Connellsville