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Crosses displayed in Ohio village challenged

Published: Wed, April 16, 2014 @ 1:05 p.m.

COLUMBUS (AP) — A group advocating the separation of church and state is protesting a pair of crosses displayed for Easter on a tiny eastern Ohio village’s municipal building.

The Madison, Wis.-based Freedom From Religion Foundation has challenged the claim by the mayor of Stratton that it’s constitutional to display the crosses during holidays.

Mayor John Abdalla temporarily removed the crosses in January after the foundation threatened to sue, but he returned them to celebrate the Easter season. One is Latin, the other Eastern Orthodox.

Abdalla told the Steubenville Herald-Star that such seasonal displays were allowed. The mayor declined to comment when contacted today by The Associated Press, including saying whether the crosses still adorned the building’s facade.

He told the newspaper he planned to remove them at the end of April. Easter is Sunday.

In an April 8 letter, the foundation said religious displays on public buildings represent a violation of the First Amendment regardless of what time of year it is.


1redeye1(5614 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

I'm getting so sick of these minority groups telling the majority how to live . It's time for someone to take a stand against these P.I.T.A.'s and tells them to go to hell

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2walter_sobchak(2672 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

I fail to see where the first amendment dictates freedom from religion or the separation of church and state. Seems to me it says that our federal government shall not prescribe a "state religion" nor prohibit any person to practice whatever religion they see fit. Now, I thought the courts have ruled that as long as taxpayer funds were not used to erect such symbols, there would be no violation. I would think there would be many public-works volunteers that would do this on their own time.

We are now in an era in this country where the children in government schools are the second generation that are being educated under a system that has had God and his moral teachings removed. How's that working out for us anyway?As the motto of the University of Pennsylvania so elegantly states: "Leges sine moribus vanae" or "Laws without morals are in vain".

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376Ytown(1344 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Sadly, all it takes is one person to object and the entire country needs to change. Before we ditch our Christian roots, we need to learn from what is happening in European countries.

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