Fayette Co. church offers to take disputed monument

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A Fayette County church will likely salvage a controversial Ten Commandments monument and install it on its property -- less than a half-mile from the junior high where it now sits shielded by plywood.

The Connellsville Area school board will decide Wednesday whether the nearby Connellsville Church of God should receive the 5-foot monument.

There, it would still be visible from school grounds.

Following the board vote and after the Fraternal Order of Eagles OKs it (they donated the monument in 1957), the church would remove the monument and hold it in storage until they're ready to install it, Pastor Confer said.

The marble slab has been at the center of a fierce separation of church and state debate in the community since the district covered it with garbage bags, then plywood, after receiving two complaints in August.

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