Supporters of Michigan cross holding out hope

Monday, August 31, 2015
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

A court order banning a cross in a Michigan city park won't be the final say.

MichiganAt issue is a 48-foot-tall cross in a park display in Grand Haven that allows other things, such as an anchor, to be displayed. An atheist, associated with the Americans United for Separation of Church and State, didn't like it and earlier this year pressured the town council to ban the cross that sits atop Dewey Hill. (See related article)

Grand Rapids attorney Helen Brinkman filed suit on behalf of local Christian citizens and explains to OneNewsNow that it's different than most Christian cross cases.

"You could rent bleachers and then we could raise up a cross, we could raise up an anchor, we could raise up a star," she describes. "There were different things – and when they removed only the religious symbol from the public, limiting the speech to only the secular anchor or something else, we sued as a violation of free speech."

And that's something protected by the Michigan and U.S. Constitutions, she notes. "They've been broadcasting that cross and allowing it to be rented for 'Worship on the Waterfront' every Sunday for 50 years," says the attorney. "[But] once they say, Well, you can have the anchor but you can't have the cross, that's religious discrimination and we have to appeal."

The court had basically ruled there was no violation of the Constitution and that the city could do what it wants with its property.

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