Connellsville school district sued over Ten Commandments monument

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The Freedom From Religion Foundation today sued the Connellsville Area School District, demanding that it remove a monument that includes the text of the Ten Commandments from its junior high school's grounds.

The foundation and district had been in talks that led to a tentative decision to remove the monument to the grounds of a nearby church. But the district put that action on hold Sept. 12 when members of the public demanded that the monument be retained.

According to the lawsuit in U.S. District Court, an unidentified district student who is non-religious and the student's unidentified parent who is an atheist felt excluded because of the monument's presence on school grounds.

The Wisconsin-based foundation maintains that the posting of the Ten Commandments on government property violates the constitutional separation of church and state.

The district's efforts to cover up the monument were ineffective, according to the lawsuit, because coverings were repeatedly ripped off.

District solicitor Chris Stern declined comment.

Two weeks ago, the foundation sued the New Kensington-Arnold School District, demanding removal of a similar monument there.

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Rich Lord: or 412-263-1542.


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