OIL CITY (KDKA) — A bench displaying a religious quote will be removed from an Oil City park.
ExploreClarion reports the American Atheists Legal Center requested that the bench, located at Justus Park, be changed. They claimed the display violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which states that “Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion.”
The message reads: “Men Who Aren’t Governed By God, Will Be Governed By Tyrants.” The bench was originally donated by the Oil City VFW in 2003.
The final decision was announced Thursday at a council meeting. The American Atheists Legal Center will replace the bench with a new one containing wording agreed to by the American Atheists Legal Center and the VFW.