By Hemant Mehta
A giant Ten Commandments monument will go up outside Mary Queen of Apostles School in New Kensington, Pennsylvania in the coming weeks. That wouldn’t normally be a story — if anything, the most noteworthy thing about it is that a religious monument is going up outside a religious school for once — but the journey it took for the monument to get there is worth retelling.
The monument wasn’t originally meant for the Catholic school. In 1957, the Fraternal Order of Eagles donated it to Valley High School, a local public school. It wasn’t until 2012 that a lawsuit was filed to have that display removed. Marie Schaub and her daughter were two of the plaintiffs, represented by the Freedom From Religion Foundation.
It took several years of legal wrangling, but the two sides eventually settled the case in 2017 with atheists getting damn near everything they wanted.
The District promised to remove the monument within 30 days and their insurers had to pay attorneys’ fees of $163,500. (Don’t feel bad. It’s their own damn fault.) Eventually, the District said it would donate the Christian monument to the Diocese of Greensburg, which said it would put the display outside Mary Queen of Apostles School.
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