Religion

Atheist Group Orders City to Remove 131-Year-Old City Seal with Cross Symbol

| by Michael Allen

Americans United for Separation of Church and State is calling on the city of DeLand, Fla. to remove its official city seal, which includes a cross, heart, and anchor because it supposedly violates the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment Establishment Clause.

However, the city of DeLand refuses and claims the seal is part of the town's history and has no religious symbolism.

Americans United said in their letter to the city that the heart, anchor and cross on the seal "are widely understood to symbolize the Christian 'theological virtues' discussed by Paul the Apostle in 1 Corinthians 13:13."

If the seal is not removed in 30 days, the atheist group plans to sue, notes The Christian Post.

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The city's Attorney Darren Elkind sent a letter back to Americans United in early September, which claimed the seal was created in 1882 to honor the city's founder Henry DeLand and represent the virtues of "faith, hope and charity."

"Nothing in the history of the city's seal suggests that it was adopted to promote any particular religion or even religion in general," claimed Elkind, who plans to fight any lawsuits.

Source: The Christian Post