One attorney believes the lawsuit faced by a Connellsville,
Pennsylvania, school district over a Ten Commandments monument
displayed at the junior high schools illustrates the agenda of
groups like the FFRF.
Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel explains that the monument
has been on the property for decades, and no one
has complained about it. But now, the Freedom From Religion
Foundation (FFRF) objects to its longtime location and to the
school's offer to move the monument across the street to church
property. The argument is that someone from the school might still
be able to see it.
"This really illustrates, I think, their agenda, and
that is not to have the constitutional issues addressed, but
literally to erase Christianity ... Judeo-Christianity and any kind
of symbols from our history and heritage from even the sight of
someone," Staver submits.
"Whether it's on private property or not is no concern of
theirs; what's a concern of theirs is whether or not someone can
even see it."
But rather than file lawsuits against religious symbols, the
attorney points out that atheists and agnostics can resolve their
objections in other ways. For example, they could simply look
the other way.
"This illustrates that if they want to remove a monument so that
no one can see it, even though it's on private property, then they
obviously have an agenda longer term to remove churches from any
kind of public building," Staver asserts.
"[They could conceivably argue that] no churches could be near a
public school; [or that] crosses ought to be eliminated because
[someone] might be offended as they're driving down the highway and
see these crosses."
The attorney says he sees this degree of
radicalism continuing to come from the FFRF and similar