Lawsuit seeks removal of Pa. school's Ten Commandments

NEW KENSINGTON, Pa. (AP) — A nonreligious advocacy group sued today to seek removal of a 6-foot-high stone monument that contains the Ten Commandments from the grounds of a western Pennsylvania public school.

The Freedom from Religion Foundation asked a federal judge in Pittsburgh to declare as unconstitutional the display outside the front entrance of Valley High School in New Kensington.

The Madison, Wis.-based foundation said the marker serves to advance religion and the tenets of a particular faith. The lawsuit said a March letter to the school’s superintendent did not generate an official response, and that local clergy had a rally during school hours to support retaining the monument.

Calls and email messages seeking comment from New Kensington-Arnold School District officials were not immediately returned.

The lawsuit requests an injunction ordering its removal, as well as the payment of damages and legal fees.

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