WASHINGTON/Christian Newswire/ — On Tuesday, October 29, religious, civic and political leaders will re-dedicate a monument of the Ten Commandments on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, that had been toppled by vandals last month. The 30-minute ceremony begins at 11 a.m. EST and will be held at the location of the monument which stands in the front of the Honorable William J. Ostrowski House, the headquarters of Faith and Action (sponsor of the monument), 109 2nd Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002, opposite the private east entrance to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The monument was originally installed in 2006 after a multi-year legal battle with Washington, DC government officials. The 850-pound granite sculpture is a replica of four similar monuments removed by a federal court order from the front lawns of public schools in rural Adams County, OH, in 2003. The sculpture was given to the Rev. Rob Schenck of Faith and Action, a Washington, DC-based Christian ministry to top federal government officials. It was installed at an angle designed so that the nine justices of the Supreme Court can view it as they arrive at and leave their building across the street.
What: Re-dedication Ceremony for the Ten Commandments monument across the street from the Supreme Court
Who: Religious and political leaders including:
- Rev. Rob Schenck, president of Faith and Action, missionary to federal government officials, and chairman of the Evangelical Church Alliance
- Fr. Paul Schenck, director, National Pro-Life Center and priest, Harrisburg Roman Catholic Diocese
- Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, director of the Christian Defense Coalition, Washington, DC
- Mr. Jordan Sekulow, religious liberty attorney and director of the American Center for Law and Justice
- Msgr. Charles Pope, pastor of Holy Comforter St. Cyprian Catholic Parish of the Archdiocese of Washington
- Rev. Frazier White, pastor of Faith Tabernacle and African-American church leader
- Mrs. Peggy Nienaber, president of the Capitol Hill Executive Service Club
- Rev. David Kistler, Baptist minister and evangelist, North Carolina
- Also participating: Masonry workers in hardhats and work clothes that repaired the monument
When: Tuesday, October 29, 2013, 11:00 – 11:30 AM EST
Where: Front garden of the Honorable William J. Ostrowski House on Capitol Hill, 109 2nd St, NE, Washington, DC, opposite the east facade of the Supreme Court
- Remarks on the importance of the Ten Commandments and of the monument on Capitol Hill
- Report on police investigation and pursuit of perpetrators
- Unveiling of the repaired monument
- Reading of the Ten Commandments
- Prayer of Dedication
- Q & A
For more information, contact Peggy Nienaber of Faith and Action at (202)546-8329.
Capitol Hill Ten Commandments monument toppled by vandals — news conference to be held at site