CONNELLSVILLE, Pa. (KDKA/AP) – A southwestern Pennsylvania community group has erected a third Ten Commandments monument in the wake of a lawsuit by an atheists’ group challenging a similar monument on public school grounds.
Thou Shalt Not Move was formed by a local businessman and a pastor after the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation sued to remove a monument at the Connellsville Area School District. That federal lawsuit is still pending.
The group raised enough money by selling Ten Commandments yard signs to buy 14 granite monuments it intends to place at various sites in and around the community about 35 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.
The first was erected in front of a fraternal club in June. Sunday’s was placed in front of the Juniata United Methodist Church in nearby Dunbar Township. A different church got a monument last month.
Rev. Ewing Marietta, pastor of the Liberty Baptist Church, told KDKA-TV’s Ralph Iannotti that it was the first of more than a dozen similar markers expected to go up in the area in the coming months.
“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.
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