92-Year-Old ‘Ten Commandments’ Plaque Removed From School After Atheists Complain

A plaque of the Ten Commandments was removed from an Ohio middle school following complaints by the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), an atheist nonprofit founded by activists and Democratic donors Annie Laurie Gaylor and husband Dan Barker.

According to Fox News, officials at Joseph Welty Middle School in New Philadelphia, Ohio removed the tablet after FFRF complained that the ancient biblical edicts might make some students feel uncomfortable.

“The district’s promotion of the Judeo-Christian bible and religion over nonreligion impermissibly turns any non-Christian or non-believing student into an outsider,” said FFRF representative Christopher Line in an April letter to the school, adding “Schoolchildren already feel significant pressure to conform to their peers. They must not be subjected to similar pressure from their schools, especially on religious questions.”

The plaque was gifted to the school by the class of 1926.

“In speaking with the district, it is my understanding that the plaque has been taken down and is no longer on display on district property,” said the school district’s attorney, Brian J. DeSantis, in a June 19 email to FFRF.

The FFRF celebrated the decision.

“We applaud the district for taking action to remedy this violation,” said Gaylor in a statement. “Students in our public schools are free to practice any religion they choose — or none at all. In America, we live under the First Amendment, not the Ten Commandments.”

Not everyone agrees with FFRF’s approach, including Philadelphia Schools Superintendent David Brand.

“With over 90 years on display, the plaque is recognized as part of the tradition and history of New Philadelphia City Schools,” Brand told the Times Reporter.

Brand laments the “costs” it would be on local taxpayers and the “burden” on school officials. He said he plans to challenge the decision.

“Rather than engaging FFRF in an action where the community’s resources are at stake, the district will consider filing an amicus brief in a forthcoming case on the matter,” he said.

Jeremy Dys, deputy general counsel for First Liberty Institute, which recently successfully litigated the Bladensburg Peace Memorial Cross case at the Supreme Court in June, told Fox News that about the same day the school took this down was when the highest court said this was “presumptively constitutional.” –Fox News

“We’ve got the Supreme Court, 6-3, that says the display of the Ten Commandments are welcomed on public property, including schools,” says Dys, adding “The city of New Philadelphia Schools should put the display back up.”

via zerohedge


  1. These Twits misinterpret the Constitution and are deceivers of the weak-minded. It’s not freedom “from” religion, it’s freedom “of” religion. The Constition guarantees that the government can not recognize only one religion or establish a “state” religion, such as in China, Sweden, and Muslim nations. It would guarantee we don’t come under Sheriah, since those laws are based on one religion. In America we are able to express the fact that our founding fathers recognized God and Christian-Judeo principles as being the cornerstone on which our country should be built. That’s why most DC federal buildings have religious passages or motifs carved in limestone. Our currency reflects that religous cornerstone – “in GOD we trust”.

    1. You are wrong. Freedom of religion also includes freedom FROM religion. The Constitution clears started that with the idea of separation of church and state. Anyone who actually read the passage understands that completely. When the government uses a religious point of view, it is FORCING citizens to adhere to that religion, thereby establishing a state religion. And by the way, I am NOT a lieberal. I am a libertarian leaning toward conservativism

      1. Well I guess your interpretation of “of” and “from” is different from how most of us – including the Supreme Court – interpret those words – the Supreme Court, by a 6-3 ruling, says that the display of the Ten Commandments are welcomed on public property, including schools – so maybe you should prepare an amicus brief to the court to get that overturned – lot’s of luck with that –

      2. Guess you will have to make ‘reparations’ to all of the poor children who had to walk by the plaque and be influenced by the words from the Bible. The thousands and thousands who were affected by a plaque on a wall that is so harmful to their psyche. Your life is destitute of reality. Now go and find a way to change all of the cities, buildings, bridges and anything else associated to the name ‘WASHINGTON’. After all he had slaves and unfortunately at that time in the history of the United States, of which has been changed since, that was the times. You poor people need lives. You keep reaching for your 15 minutes of fame. Removing the plaque will not help in your quest.

  2. Turn from God and he will turn from you what about the rights of the Christian folks don’t they have right I know bad people got to do bad things so they can go to hell what’s wrong with good people doing good things that we can go to heaven maybe you two folks need a check up from the neck up

    1. The country cannot be free when someone’s point of view is forced upon others. You would be up in arms if Sharia Laws were introduced into the US as federal laws. Yet, you are doing the EXACT same thing when you want your religion to be the governing rules. The ONLY way this country will remain free is if EVERYTHING like what you want is prevented.

      1. Scott, your view is self-inculcating because you argue for what is a religious view of so-called non-religion to be forced upon others by the government everywhere always. Your Sharia argument is not only merely irrelevant, it is a distortion of reason, masquerading as candor. Your conclusion is voided by your presumptions. Learn true religion. You can’t make truth go away.

  3. Turn from God and he will turn from you what about the rights of the Christian folks don’t they have right I know bad people got to do bad things so they can go to hell what’s wrong with good people doing good things that we can go to heaven maybe you two folks need a check up from the neck up there’s only one God and he is a jealous God people like these two there’re gray matter has been overrun by the devil one God calls these people goats

  4. But yet in other schools are the US they are making exceptions for Muslims and giving them prayer time for a fake AM hating profit.

  5. Well, to all you freaking weak minded leftists; that piece of history has not caused a problem since 1926 and never had been a problem until you IDIOTS decided to take offense to something that no one found offensive for 93 years. And now YOU SELFISH SELF SERVING SEIF RIGHTEOUS BIGOTS find a problem with this? And you do not go to school any longer (although you, obviously need an education). What gives you the right to determine what is right for everyone else? Let me answer that question for you; NOTHING!!! You indignatious, self serving self righteous morons are a disgrace to humanity!

    Have a nice day!

  6. “Kids, Stop running in the hallways.” “Stop copying from your classmate’s homework paper and test paper.” “No, your daddy is NOT allowed to do your homework for your.” “Billy, stop pulling Mary’s hair.” “You may not blow bubbles with you bubble gum during class.” etc., etc., etc. “Show me your driver’s license. I observed you going through that intersection without stopping for the STOP sign.” “Step out of the car and walk a straight line for five steps.” “I saw you driving without your seat belt on.” I don’t think any of these statement could be interpreted as a “make someone feel good” statement, whether said by a teacher, a policeman, or whoever the person in authority may be. Yet, in a sense, they are very similar to the purpose of the Ten Commandments. Rules are given to be followed with consequences when they are broken. And God’s rules are above all the man-made rules. And I do not recommend driving the streets around any Philadelphia school at excessive speeds on the wrong side in the road and ignoring the stop si7gns.

  7. The Ten Commandments are found in some form or other in ALL the world’s great religions, dating as far back to Hammurabi’s code (do your own homework).
    Atheists, if they are indeed a true atheist, have absolutely no interest or concern what other’s believe; and are never effected by other’s religious practices. They go about their lives without worry, in their non-belief; and have nothing to pressure others into believing, or anything to guide others toward (like the Ten Commandments).
    Only the guilty, those who have chosen their life-path, speak up about religion; or care about what other’s are believing or practicing.
    It’s their GUILT that makes them try to limit what other’s are doing . . . and that proves the existence of God.

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