Published: Friday, November 16, 2012, 8:56 p.m.
Updated: Tuesday, February 19, 2013
We are facing the removal of the Ten Commandments monument from the junior high property in Connellsville.
Do you object to this? Will you allow a slim minority of people to control your rights?
Are you willing to have a minority tell you to be tolerant of their rights while they trample your rights? Will we remain silent until it's too late, then react with disbelief and groaning?
This issue appears to have greater ramifications than just the removal of a monument, although that in itself should be reason enough for local citizens to get involved. Issues like this are taking place throughout our country and are chipping away at the very foundation of our constitutional rights.
The people bringing this action to Connellsville are depending on the majority of us to do what the majority has done before — do a little complaining, grumble among ourselves and then let it happen.
Let's surprise them!
Get involved while there is time. Display a sign in your yard; buy a shirt supporting the cause; attend the rallies and school board meetings. Write a letter or postcard to the newspaper, the school board, local officials and judges.
If you attend church, get your congregation and minister involved. Our church community could lead the way in this.
Also, community leaders are working to promote Connellsville. Have them promote this issue and Connellsville will receive media attention. I have enough faith that the attention received will be positive for our cause.
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The Bill of Rights is not up a majority vote. If a town voted to ban all guns, the NRA would be there in a minute to overturn it in the courts. Same here. You can vote away the separation of church and state. It is a fundamental principle that inherent in the First Amendment. Support the Ten Commandments in your church, but don't ask my school to post the words of your religion.