79 crosses and the First Amendment

Wednesday, June 1, 2016
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

U.S. ConstitutionLiberty Counsel has some legal advice for an atheist in Georgia who opposed a public display of the Christian cross during Memorial Day.

"If the atheist files suit," predicts Liberty Counsel attorney Harry Mihet, "it will be on very shaky legal ground because this issue in fact has been litigated before."

Leading up to the Memorial Day holiday, Hiram, Georgia officials placed 79 white wooden crosses representing the number of local residents who have lost their lives in war.

Mihet, Harry (Liberty Counsel)Mihet says a white cross is a standard, well-recognized memorial to fallen soldiers.

Hiram is home to approximately 2,300 citizens. 

"In this particular city, though, one atheist took offense to the display and made his opinion known to the city council, which immediately decided to abandon the project," the attorney recalls.

Local residents were upset with that decision and pressured the city council, which voted to restore the crosses.

But the atheist may still sue and so Mihet insists the courts have ruled that memorial crosses are legal and constitutional.

"They do not violate the Establishment Clause," he says, "and so Liberty Counsel has offered to defend this city and its taxpayers at no cost."

 

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