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Ohio School: Controversial Ten Commandments Plaque Will Be Loaned Out 'Indefinitely'


An Ohio school board has voted to loan their plaque of the Ten Commandments to the their county historical society "for an indefinite period of time" on Monday.

The plaque was a gift from the Marion Harding High School class of 1956 to the Marion City Schools, The Marion Star reports.

However, the Ten Commandments became the center of controversy after several parents threatened to call the American Civil Liberties Union if the plaque was not removed from the school's hallway.

The Marion County Historical Society will now display the plaque after the school board's decision to donate it indefinitely. 

Many members of the school board took issue with the Commandments being removed from the school, but performed their civic duty objectively and voted as such. For instance, School Board President Steve Williams said that the Ten Commandments were hanging in his home, but he needed to be "impartial and to be a good financial steward," according to The Marion Star. 

Another board member and Harding alum, C. Gary Iams told those present at the meeting that this was the most difficult resolution he has passed since entering the board.

Many members of the community were present at the meeting as well. Some of them even voiced their dissent, asking that the plaque be put back in its place at Harding.

One such resident was Bob McQuiston, who is a 1956 Harding graduate. He said: "We didn't mean to step on anybody's toes. It was a gift and it was a very nice gift and I would like to see it stay."

A lawyer from the Thomas More Law Center has sent a request to the City under the Freedom of Information Act. The Thomas More Law Center "defends and promotes America's Judeo-Christian heritage and moral values," according to their website.

Source: The Marion Star 

Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons, Michelle Rotuno-Johnson/The Marion Star


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