TX AG to county: Ignore atheist group, keep crosses up

Friday, May 10, 2019
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

San Jacinto crossWe'll fight for you in court: That is what the Texas attorney general is telling San Jacinto County after county leaders voted to maintain crosses at their courthouse over the threats of an atheist group. 

The Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation contacted San Jacinto County Judge Fritz Faulker last month, telling him that a local resident complained about the crosses on the courthouse located in Coldspring, Texas.

The crosses, four in total, are located on upper windows and are lit during the Christmas season.  

An attorney with FFRF told TV news station KPRC-TV that the crosses represent “a constitutional violation of the Establishment Clause."

Paxton

Earlier this week, county commissioners voted unanimously to keep the crosses despite the threats from FFRF. 

San Jacinto County, located north of Houston, has a population of approximately 28,000. The county seat of Coldspring is home approximately to 900 people.

In its letter to San Jacinto County, the Office of Attorney General Ken Paxton told their fellow Texans that FFRF seeks to impose its anti-religion agenda through intimidation tactics, and while the organization threatens more than it sues, if often loses when it does go through with a lawsuit.

"We want to make it clear that your county may display historical religious symbols, like crosses, without violating the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment,” the letter assures the county officials.

“You should know,” the letter continues, “that you can reject FFRF's demand to impose its anti-religion bias against San Jacinto County.”

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