Minister urges support for Ten Commandments monument fight at Dunbar dedication
The Rev. Ewing Marietta said Christians need to show their strength and courage for religious freedom and the Constitution during a Ten Commandments monument dedication Sunday afternoon at Dunbar Presbyterian Church.
“Christians are currently under attack,” Marietta said. “God has placed you here today for a reason — to take a stand and not back down, We need to love God and to love each other. What will come out of this is that you will stand with me to make sure that the Ten Commandments remain an important part of our religion and our nation's heritage.”
The Connellsville Area School District and the Freedom from Religion Foundation are engaged in a legal battle concerning the fate of a Ten Commandments monument, which has stood in front of Connellsville Junior High for more than a half century. The Freedom from Religion Foundation based in Wisconsin wants the monument moved, while the school board fights to keep it on school property.
Marietta is a member of Thou Shall Not Move. The group, through a fundraising effort of selling various Ten Commandments yard signs, is working with churches and organizations to place Ten Commandments monuments throughout the area.
“Praise God,” Marietta said. “We need a tremendous change in this country. I want to make sure that we pass the importance of the Ten Commandments on to our children. We're not backing down. I pray that you keep God in your hearts and continue to spread his word.”
David Show of the Fayette Patriots said school boards are fighting to restrict the First Amendment rights of citizens in other areas of the country, including Virginia.
“In many ways, we should be happy that we live in Fayette County,” Show said. “Our school board decided to let us move forward in this fight.”
Show told the crowd that “the U.S. Constitution and your beliefs are under attack.”
If this trend continues, Show said, it will not be long before the United States changes from a democracy to a socialist and then a communist country.
“We live in a changing America where our president supports the Muslim Brotherhood but not our Christian rights,” Show said. “This is fundamentally changing our nation. This will wipe out our values and our morals on which our country was founded. I'm very proud that this area is standing up for our rights. We're fighting for our religious beliefs and our Constitution.”
Show said separation of church and state was intended to provide freedom of religion — not freedom from religion. He listed historical figures who spoke about the Christian religion and the government.
Show quoted Patrick Henry who said, “This great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians, not on religions but on the gospel of Jesus Christ.”
“Those who will not be governed by God will be ruled by tyrants,” said William Penn in 1668.
The next monument dedication is set for 5 p.m. Saturday at the Normalville Methodist Church.
Cindy Ekas is a contributing writer.