Freedom From Religion Foundation Demands Cross Come Down


The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) wants a cross removed from Port Neches Riverfront Park in Texas.

The request for removal of the 10-foot concrete cross featured in the park was made in a letter to Port Neches Mayor Glenn Johnson, 12 News Now reported. The organization contends it is unconstitutional.

“It is unlawful for Port Neches to display this patiently religious symbol on public property,” the letter, written by Madeline Ziegier, stated.

An attorney for FFRF, Rebecca Markert, said the complaint over the cross was made by an anonymous member of the organization.

Markert said the organization will consider litigation if a response is not received from the city or if it does not comply with the law. She added that they will try to resolve the matter without going to court.

FFRF has previously asked for the cross to be removed. In response, the Little White Cross group made small crosses last year for residents to place in their yards. According to organizers, it is a show of support for the cross to remain in the park.

The FFRF is a nonprofit organization that “works as an umbrella for those who are free from religion and are committed to the cherished principle of separation of state and church,” according to its website.

Their purpose is to “promote the constitutional principle of separation of state and church, and to educate the public on matters relating to nontheism.”

Recent successful campaigns of the organization include a Vermont church withdrawing its request for a government grant, the removal of a link to a Christian organization from a Pennsylvania prison website, and the banning of evangelists from visiting Minnesota public schools to recruit students to church events.

Sources: 12 News Now(2), Freedom From Religion Foundation / Photo credit: Beaumont Enterprise

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