• Atheists Squawk about the Ten Commandments — School Officials Fold Like Card Table

    There can no longer be any debate: crusading God-haters really do have too much time on their hands …

    Over at the Blaze, Dave Urbanski tells us:

    “After receiving word from a concerned parent, national atheist activist group the Freedom From Religion Foundation” (what a charmingly lovely name!)

    sent an April letter of complaint to an Ohio school district taking issue with a Ten Commandments plaque display, the Times-Reporter said. … the plaque … was a gift from the Class of 1926 and appears to have been on display in the district “ever since” 1927.

    The impious outfit

    took issue with the plaque near an auditorium entrance in Welty Middle School in New Philadelphia, saying the Constitution doesn’t allow public schools to advance or endorse religion, the paper said.

    The FFRF’s solution? Treat all religion like the plague (thus the decidedly non-nuanced nature of their organization’s name.)

    So … badda-bing-badda-boom!

    [E]arlier this month, attorney Brian J. DeSantis — who’s representing the district — wrote to the FFRF saying the Ten Commandments plaque had been removed and is “no longer on display on district property …”

    Christopher Line of the FFRF told the paper that “as far as we’re concerned, this situation is completely resolved. We’re happy that the district did the right thing by taking down this religious promotion.”

    Oh, I can only imagine how happy they were.


    “New Philadelphia Schools Superintendent David Brand told the Times-Reporter that the district disagreed with FFRF’s approach” Block (but apparently not enough to challenge it!)

    The superintendent noted to the Times-Reporter that the district “gathered more information, listened to interested community members, and reviewed its options” about the plaque …

    “With over 90 years on display, the plaque is recognized as part of the tradition and history of New Philadelphia City Schools,” Brand added in his statement to the paper.

    But the superintendent said it would have been too costly to fight to keep the plaque displayed. … “[C]hallenging the issue legally would be an enormous risk and burden to the local taxpayers.”

    Well … what about ideas like “counting the cost” and then resolving to “make the sacrifice” for a worthy cause? Seems some of us have come a long way from JFK’s, “We shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and success of liberty”. Or America’s Founders’ iron-ribbed declaration about pledging their “lives, fortunes and sacred honor” to one another for a vision bigger than their convenience and comfort.

    If one pays attention, he or she can find accounts of those in our day willing to exercise a dose of healthy defiance in the face of others’ religion-hating hi-jinks. Yep, they’re out there – but regrettably, some of the school officials of New Philadelphia, OH are seemingly not among them.

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