Published by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc. FFRF.org

Ten Commandments plaque removed

Vol. 36 No. 06 August 2019
This Ten Commandments plaque was removed from Welty Middle School in New Philadelphia, Ohio.                                                                                                                                                           

New Philadelphia City Schools has removed a 92-year-old Ten Commandments plaque from Welty Middle School after the FFRF lodged a complaint against the unconstitutional religious display.

A concerned district parent had reported to FFRF that the school prominently displayed the plaque near its auditorium entrance. The Supreme Court has ruled that displays of the Ten Commandments in public schools violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, FFRF Legal Fellow Chris Line pointed out to the district.

New Philadelphia City Schools’ attorney Brian DeSantis responded to FFRF, assuring the state/church watchdog that the “plaque has been taken down and is no longer on display on district property.”