Black Dick Sucking Democrat Ed Buck
2019-01-13 13:45:35 UTC
County will be moved off public land after an atheist group
In November, the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion
Foundation, or FFRF, sent a letter to Ozark, a city of less than
20,000, targeting a giant lighted blue cross that was part of
the city's annual Christmas Lights in Finley River Park.
FFRF's legal director, Rebecca Markert, wrote the illuminated
cross is not a permissible city holiday decoration, pointing to
a federal court case that found a cross unconstitutional as part
of a city display because it is not a common Christmas symbol
but a Christian one.
When the city announced it would take down the cross because
having a religious symbol on public property would result in a
lawsuit "we will not win," the mayor received hundreds of phone
"Everybody wants it up," Mayor Rick Gardner told the Springfield
News-Leader. "One lady is crying. This is part of Ozark. This is
Christian County, for Pete's sake."
City officials quickly reissued a statement saying that the
cross would remain until the issue was resolved "in the interest
of all parties."
Last week, the city announced the cross will be moved to the
south side of the park on land owned by the Christian County A&M
In striving to balance the court of law with the court of
public opinion, we have identified a solution that will relocate
the cross from its current location on city-owned property to a
privately owned parcel of property," the statement on Facebook
The FFRF celebrated the move as a step in the right direction.
From the beginning, weve asked the city of Ozark to remove
this cross or direct that it be moved to private property, where
it would be more appropriately displayed, Markert said. FFRF
is pleased to learn that the city finally agreed to relocate the
cross to private property. This is a good step in honoring the
separation between state and church and a victory for the
Reaction from the community has been mixed.
While some initially complained that the city caved to a group
of outsiders, many celebrated the announcement.
"It was moved, yes, but to a better and more visible location,"
Ragan Thompson-Sartin, who started a "Keepers of the Cross"
Facebook page, told Fox News. "I say that's a definite win."