An atheist group is targeting a Christian memorial cross in Rhode Island, which happens to also be the home state of Jessica Ahlquist. It seems that there is a lot of nonsecular issues in this state considering the town of Cranston just lost itself $150,000 in the landmark suit which Ahlquist won, resulting in the removal of a school prayer banner. Now, the Freedom From Religion Foundation has its sights on another part of the state.
The town of Woonsocket, Rhode Island has displayed a Christian memorial cross for almost 100 years, but the Wisconsin based atheist group says that it's a violation of the separation of church and state -- which it very much is. The FFRF quoted the following:
"It is unlawful for a city government and its agency to display patently religious symbols and messages on city property. The Latin cross at the fire station demonstrates Woonsocket's preference for Christianity over other religions and nonreligion. Such government endorsements of religion runs afoul of the Establishment Clause of the United States Constitution."
They are absolutely right, but it seems that the mayor of the city isn't going to play fair. He has expressed the sentiment that he isn't going to take the cross down. Well, it looks like Woonsocket best prepare itself for being part of the headlines in a very negative way. Perhaps they'll find themselves in the middle of an ACLU suit like the town of Cranston. Way to follow the laws of the land, Rhode Island!
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