In response to the Ten Commandments being boarded and shut at Connellsville Junior High, a small group of religious hotheads have decided the appropriate response would be to put up Ten Commandments monuments in other locations, such as in front of churches.
The dramatic “uncovering” was covered by Cindy Ekas at the Trib-Review who quotes David Show of the Fayette Tea Party Patriots:
“We want to have monuments like this one all over Fayette County. The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution assures us freedom of religion — not from religion.”
Show said it is his hope that motorists traveling along busy Morgantown Street will see the monument and think about what the Ten Commandments mean to the United States, which was founded on Christian principles.
Yeah, right. The old carnards of the Christian heritage of the United States is just not true. Take John Adams famous quote in the Treaty of Tripoli and unanimously signed by the U.S. Senate: “As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion”. Can it be any clearer?
Then there were the usual comments that the Freedom From Religion Foundation is attacking all religion, when they are simply asking that religious icons be removed from government property, in line with multiple Supreme Court rulings.
“We must be strong and show courage,” [Rev. Ewing ] Marietta said. “I’m not backing down. You’re getting a call from God. Pick up God’s call and answer it. The time is now to defend your faith.”
As Marietta spoke, the crowd applauded.
Perhaps the worst comment was from the organizer:
Gary Colatch of Connellsville, an organizer for Thou Shall Not Move, called the Morgantown Street location “the free speech zone.”
Free speech zone? So in this spot in front of the church on Morgantown Street, I can put any sign I want on their property? Careful, Gary, you could regret making that claim.
The article ends with the statement that Christians should be immune from criticism.
“Freedom from religion offends Christians,” Colatch said. “Christians don’t believe that atheists should tell us what we can and cannot do. This monument is the free speech zone.