The Freedom From Religion Foundation has taken another school to
court, this time to have a decades-old Ten Commandments monument
removed from the front of the building. But one attorney doesn't
think the argument will stand.
FFRF is demanding that the large stone Decalogue displayed in
front of Valley High in New Kensington, Pennsylvania, be
Mat Staver of the Liberty Counsel cites Van Orden v.
Perry -- a similar case in Texas that went before the Supreme
Court in 2005.
"That particular monument was upheld," Staver recalls. "This is
a six-foot-tall, two-ton granite monument with the Ten Commandments
that said 'I am the Lord, thy God' in large, capital letters at the
very top. And the Supreme Court upheld that as constitutional."
School Board president Robert Pallone promises to fight the
lawsuit, and the Liberty Counsel president says that is
"I believe it's important for our constitutional freedoms. The
Freedom From Religion Foundation simply thinks that by sending a
letter, they can wipe the landscape clean of our Judeo-Christian
heritage and history and anything that smacks of any relation to
religion," Staver asserts. "No matter how educational it may be,
they want to remove it."
The FFRF claims the monument "impermissibly coerces students to
… adopt the favored religious view of the district."