A Pennsylvania lawmaker has unveiled legislation that would require the naming of plaintiffs who file lawsuits to remove religious symbols from public places.
Rep. Tim Krieger (R-Delmont) said he introduced House Bill 922 in response to two lawsuits filed on behalf of
anonymous plaintiffs by the Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion
The lawsuits seek to remove public displays of
the Ten Commandments at the New Kensington-Arnold School
District in Westmoreland County and the Connellsville Area School
District in Fayette County.
Krieger said the monuments have been fixtures outside the schools for many years without drawing any complaints or
"Passage of House Bill 922 would guarantee that no individual or
organization will be able to use our state courts as a weapon to attack
the right of Pennsylvania citizens to display religious symbols in
public places while hiding in the shadows," Krieger said in a news release Wednesday.
Under House Bill 922, the party bringing any lawsuit
designed to suppress, remove or inhibit the display or use of religious
symbols in a public place would not be allowed to proceed anonymously unless it can be proven that the litigant
would suffer serious physical harm by appearing in court.
House Bill 922 is awaiting consideration in the House Judiciary Committee.