CONNELLSVILLE (KDKA) — A new marker displaying the Ten Commandments was unveiled on Arch Street in Fayette County Saturday night in front of a building housing an organization called the Fraternal Order of the Eagles.

Rev. Ewing Marietta, pastor of the Liberty Baptist Church, told KDKA-TV’s Ralph Iannotti that this was the first of more than a dozen similar markers expected to go up in the area in the coming months.

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“This is an opportunity for us to reach out to the community, help the community understand that we need morals and values and absolute truths in our community,” said Rev. Marietta.

The new religious markers, funded by private donations, are in response to a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a Ten Commandments marker that has been on school district property for more than half a century.

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“All we’re saying is this is part of our heritage, this is part of our history and there’s no reason is shouldn’t be on the school grounds or anywhere else for that matter and this isn’t part of our history,” said David Show, of Liberty Baptist Church.

A group called the Freedom from Religion Foundation is challenging the marker now outside Connellsville Junior High School.

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