The Connellsville Area School District in Pennsylvania was sued this week in U.S. District Court for refusing to remove a monument to the Ten Commandments that has stood for more than 50 years on the grounds of its junior high school.
That follows a similar federal lawsuit against the New Kensington-Arnold School District in Pennsylvania, which was filed two weeks ago, and which objects to display of the Ten Commandments in front of one of the district’s high schools.
Both legal actions were initiated by the so-called Freedom From Religion Foundation, an atheist hate group based in Madison, Wisconsin. It is using the courts to wage an unholy war not so much against religion, but against Christianity, the target of 99.9 percent of its litigation.
If FFRF was a legal advocacy group, which bore no animus toward Christ followers, but simply wanted the courts to maintain the proverbial “wall of separation” between church and state, I would still disagree with group, but I would not accuse it of nefarious motives.
But the atheists at FFRF truly are haters, as evidenced by their “virtual” billboard campaign, featuring the godless testimony of “out of the closet” atheists.
“The bible is nothing but a bunch of bull crap,” sneers atheist Eugene T. Bernascone, in one such billboard. “If you believe anything it says, I can get you a fantastic deal on the Eiffel Tower. By the way, it’s also good when you run out of toilet paper.”
Now, imagine if this gentleman said such a thing about the Koran. He might set off riots in the Muslim World. He might even be denounced by President Obama in the well off the United Nations.
But because his hate speech is directed at Christians, he gets a free pass. And his atheist cohorts at FFRF follow up his verbal assault on Christians (and others like it) with legal attacks against easy targets like the Connellsville and New Kensington-Arnold school districts.
What infuriates is that the courts allow the atheist haters to get away with their unholy war against the Christian faithful, lawsuit by lawsuit. That includes the U.S. Supreme Court, which has had a supposed conservative majority since Ronald Reagan was in the White House.
Indeed, just last year, the nation’s highest court declined an opportunity to revisit a case examining whether displays of the Ten Commandments in two county courthouses in Kentucky were an unconstitutional endorsement of religion.
In 2005, the Supreme Court ruled that the displays were indeed unconstitutional.
However, since then, the counties have included the Ten Commandments as part of a broader presentation of historic documents, including the Mayflower Compact and the Declaration of Independence.
That the High Court last year left in place its 2005 ruling against the Ten Commandments doesn’t bode well for the Connellsville and New Kensington-Arnold school districts. The lower courts almost certainly will side with the atheists, declaring that God’s law has no place in schools or other public buildings.