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For Some Reason, an Ohio Middle School Displays a Plaque of the Ten Commandments

Apr 25, 2019

By Hemant Mehta

If you walk into the auditorium in Welty Middle School in New Philadelphia, Ohio, you’ll see this Ten Commandments plaque… for some strange reason.

There’s no explanation of it. There’s no context. It’s just a Christian display that says things like “Thou shalt have no other gods before me” and other examples of religious nonsense.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling for the district to remove the illegal religious display:

“The District’s promotion of the Judeo-Christian bible and religion over non-religion impermissibly turns any non-Christian or non-believing student, parent or staff member into an outsider,” writes FFRF Legal Fellow Chris Line to New Philadelphia City Schools. “Schoolchildren already feel significant pressure to conform from their peers. They must not be subjected to similar pressure from their school, especially on religious questions.”

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One comment on “For Some Reason, an Ohio Middle School Displays a Plaque of the Ten Commandments”

  • > “Thou shalt have no other gods before me”

    Always funny that one. It states that there are other gods than the one commanding this and that he is in competition with them. So much for monotheism.

    They didn’t get to the “Or else…..” bit. Running out of space on your stone tablet is a bitch ;-).


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