A cross erected in Woonsocket, Rhode Island in 1929 is a violation of the separation of church and state because it is on government-funded land and is maintained with government funds. This has been discussed before here on Gather News, but the mayor of Woonsocket is finally going to address the controversy behind this blatant violation.
Woonsocket mayor Leo Fontaine hasn't said much regarding the controversy the symbol has caused. Perhaps he has some sort of agenda behind wanting to wait until Friday. Whatever his reason is, he will address the issue and hopefully it will be in favor of the United States Constitution. The Freedom From Religion Foundation demanded that the religious monument be removed from the governmental location on which it's displayed. The town has also received "thousands of dollars" to help cover legal costs if Woonsocket ends up being sued. However, it's doubtful that the town could have raised over $100,000 since that's about the minimum it would cost if the town fights the FFRF. Keep in mind that Cranston, Rhode Island tried to fight Jessica Ahlquist and the FFRF along with other groups, and ended up spending nearly $200,000 in the process. They also lost that case.
This religious symbol is a direct violation of the separation of church and state because it comes across as the local government endorsing a single religion. It doesn't matter if it was erected in 1929, being an historic piece. Just because something is historic, or "traditional," doesn't make it right. Remember back in the day it was okay for a man to "spank" his wife to keep her in the place in which he wanted to keep her. A lot of things used to be acceptable that are simply no longer acceptable. The government endorsement of a single religion or single conglomerate of religions, is simply unacceptable. That's why it would be right if Fontaine declared the removal of the Woonsocket cross.
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