Atheists want cross removed from 131-year-old city seal in Florida

Tuesday, September 10, 2013
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

A law firm that champions religious freedom is standing firm with a Florida town threatened over its city seal by Americans United for Separation of Church and State. 

The atheist group Americans United complains that the seal used by DeLand, Florida, happens to contain a cross. Liberty Counsel founder Mat Staver tells OneNewsNow the complaint really illustrates the absurdity of groups like Americans United.

Staver, Mat (Liberty Counsel)“This seal is part of the very founding seal of the city of DeLand. It's 131 years old,” says Staver. “No one has ever complained for 131 years until the Americans United for Separation of Church and State filed this letter.”

Staver says he is amazed that in the letter, Americans United distorts court precedence and ignores other cases that support the city's right to have the seal, which also contains a heart and anchor. Americans United also suggests that reflects 1 Corinthians 13 where it refers to faith, hope and love, or charity, and says the heart, cross and anchor reflect those areas of Christianity.

deland, florida seal“And if it does, it still doesn't matter from a constitutional standpoint. It's been in existence for 131 years,” says Staver. “You would obviously think that if it's an establishment of religion, it surely would have established one by now. And I know of no established religion in the city of Deland.”

Liberty Counsel stands ready to defend the city if Americans United files suit and has written city officials to that effect. 

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