An atheist organization tried their best to get rid of a Ten Commandments monument in front of a public school in Pittsburgh, but a federal judge ruled against them.
Anti-religious activists for the organization Freedom From Religion Foundation, engaged in a three-year legal effort to have the monument removed, only to come up empty handed.
The group, according to the judge, was unable to show evidence that they’ve been sufficiently harmed by the existence of the monument.
Via Trib Live:
A federal judge on Monday dismissed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Ten Commandments monument in front of Valley Junior-Senior High School in New Kensington.
The ruling could bring an end to a three-year legal battle.
U.S. District Judge Terrence F. McVerry accepted New Kensington-Arnold School District’s argument that resident Marie Schaub, her daughter, and the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation have not proven they have been sufficiently harmed by the monument to have standing in the case.
“Plaintiffs Schaub and (her unidentified daughter) … have failed to establish that they were forced to come into ‘direct, regular, and unwelcome contact with the’ Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of Valley High School,” McVerry wrote in his opinion.
The Daily Caller reports that McVerry is an appointee of former President George W. Bush.
Comment: Did the judge make the proper ruling in allowing the Ten Commandments monument to remain?