An Ohio middle school has removed a 92-year-old Ten Commandments plaque after whining from the anti-theist organization Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF).
FFRF was founded by Democrat activist and donors Annie Laurie Gaylor and her husband Dan Barker, who couldn’t argue his way out of a paper bag.
The class of 1926 presented the plaque to the middle school as a gift. However, school officials now claim that they have removed the plaque due to the whining of anti-theists like Gaylor and Barker.
“The district’s promotion of the Judeo-Christian bible and religion over nonreligion impermissibly turns any non-Christian or non-believing student into an outsider,” Christopher Line, representing FFRF, wrote in an April letter to the school. “Schoolchildren already feel significant pressure to conform to their peers. They must not be subjected to similar pressure from their schools, especially on religious questions.”
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Fox News reports:
The Wisconsin-based group that promotes separation of church and state and nontheism called the Joseph Welty Middle School plaque a “flagrant violation” of the First Amendment. The group claims a concerned district parent complained to FFRF that the plaque was prominently displayed near the auditorium entrance of the New Philadelphia, Ohio school.
“In speaking with the district, it is my understanding that the plaque has been taken down and is no longer on display on district property,” Brian J. DeSantis, an attorney representing the school district, wrote in a June 19 email to the FFRF.
See that? Gave up without even a fight. And where are the Christians in Ohio taking a stand and demanding it be put back up? Where are those people at? Cowering in the shadows?
At least one person said he is looking to challenge things.
New Philadelphia Schools Superintendent David Brand said in a statement, “With over 90 years on display, the plaque is recognized as part of the tradition and history of New Philadelphia City Schools.”
While Brand is not fond of the costs to local taxpayers and the burden on school officials to challenge the FFRF, he does plan to do so.
“Rather than engaging FFRF in an action where the community’s resources are at stake, the district will consider filing an amicus brief in a forthcoming case on the matter,” he said.
The anti-theists are now using it as an occasion to mock and laugh and celebrate.
“We applaud the district for taking action to remedy this violation,” Gaylor wrote in a statement. “Students in our public schools are free to practice any religion they choose — or none at all. In America, we live under the First Amendment, not the Ten Commandments.”
Jeremy Dys, deputy general counsel for First Liberty Institute, which recently successfully litigated the Bladensburg Peace Memorial Cross case at the Supreme Court in June, told Fox News that about the same day the school took this down was when the highest court said this was “presumptively constitutional.”
“We’ve got the Supreme Court, 6-3, that says the display of the Ten Commandments are welcomed on public property, including schools,” Dys said. “The city of New Philadelphia Schools should put the display back up.”
Indeed, the cross was upheld and this should be upheld as well. The First Amendment protects the rights of the freedom to express the Christian religion. It doesn’t protect the rights of anti-theists to go bullying anyone or organization from a display of the law of God, the very law our state laws were based upon.
The real people that need to be dealt with in all of this are none other than Barker and Gaylor, and they should be forced to repay any fees incurred to put them in their place.
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