Crosswalk.com aims to offer the most compelling biblically-based content to Christians on their walk with Jesus. Crosswalk.com is your online destination for all areas of Christian Living – faith, family, fun, and community. Each category is further divided into areas important to you and your Christian faith including Bible study, daily devotions, marriage, parenting, movie reviews, music, news, and more.

Religion Today Blog Christian Blog and Commentary

School District Loses Fight to Keep Ten Commandments Monument on Property

  • Veronica Neffinger
    Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2016 Jan 05
  • Comments

A school district in Pennsylvania has lost a court case which was filed against it by the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) in an attempt to get a Ten Commandments monument removed from school property.

 

According to Christian Today, the Connellsville School District paid the law firm that represented it $64,000 to fight the FFRF’s claim that the monument violated the Constitution.

 

Despite their efforts, however, U.S. District Judge Terrence McVerry ruled that “the Ten Commandments monument at the Connellsville Area School District Junior High School runs afoul of the Establishment Clause.”

 

Although the school district lost the case, the group responsible for urging the district to fight the lawsuit claims that the case still needed to be fought on principle.

 

"It doesn't matter what the cost was, it was a fight that needed to be fought," David Show of the Thou Shall Not Move told the Pittsburgh Tribune Review. "That's something that should not be a problem in our schools."

 

After the ruling in August, the Ten Commandments monument was not initially removed from school property because the family who filed a complaint with the FFRF concerning the monument no longer attends or visits the school.  

 

The monument was removed in October and placed on the property of a church nearby the school.

 

 

Publication date: January 5, 2016

Follow Crosswalk.com