Religion

Texas County Clerk Ordered To Take Down Over Twenty Crosses From Public Office

| by Nathaly Pesantez

A display of more than twenty Christian crosses at a Gregg County Courthouse in Texas was taken down on Thursday after a letter from the Freedom From ReligionFoundation was sent to the office.

Connie Wade, the clerk to whom the July 2 letter was addressed, was asked to
remove the crosses after a local resident contacted the FFRF, according to the letter. 

“A display of a cross on a county office building or on the walls of a county office
building signals endorsement of religion, which violates the constitution,” FFRF
attorney and author of the letter Rebecca Markert said to KYTX. 

Although the letter was addressed to Wade, the crosses actually belonged to one of Wade’s employees, according to the Longview News-Journal. 

“The employee voluntarily took the crosses down, said County Judge Bill Stoudt. 

Reymond Wright, a Gregg County resident, said there was nothing unconstitutional about the crosses in the office. 

“This is a Christian nation, and this nation was founded on Jesus Christ and the Great I am, the Bible, the King James Bible,” Wright said. 

Keyocea Marsh feels the letter to the courthouse went too far. 

“All this freedom of religion of religion have all these different sayings about what’s their rights, but what about rights as a Christian?”

Markert said the FFRF is not trying to curtail one’s ability to practice their faith. 

“It’s the visibility and the contact that they have with the public that becomes the issue,” she said to the Longview News-Journal. 

While the crosses were removed after the letter was sent, local news sources say a woman issued a complaint directly at the office over the crosses on Wednesday. 

“To avoid any kind of controversy, we took the crosses down the day the woman complained,” Officer manager Gladys Carver said to KLTV. 

Sources: KYTX, Longview News-Journal, Freedom From Religion Foundation, KLTV (2)
Photo Credit: Longview News-Journal