Why Do We Have to Fight This in Every City?
The American Atheists have issued a press release, Cross Victory:
A federal court ruled Tuesday that the city of Starke, Fla. violated the federal and state constitutions by placing and maintaining a metal Christian cross on top of a municipal water tower.
A resident of the town, aided by American Atheists and represented by attorney Frank Shooster, challenged the display which had been erected over 30 years ago at the behest of local officials, and was illuminated at night. The cross was also periodically maintained at public expense.
U.S. District Court Judge John H. Moore, II found for the plaintiffs, and dismissed several arguments devised by the City. […] He added in his written opinion:
“The display of the Cross on the water tower has the unconstitutional effect of advancing, affirming, or otherwise validating Christianity … To the objective observer, the combination of the words ‘STARKE’ and the Cross on the water tower clearly communicates the City’s endorsement of Christianity…”
I’m glad the Constitution prevailed in this case, but why do we have to fight this battle over and over, in every city in the country? A cross erected on city property and maintained at city expense is clearly a violation of the First Amendment. Why do these pinheads keep wasting taxpayer dollars with actions that are clearly unconstitutional and that they will have to defend (unsuccessfully) in court?
BTW, I searched a bunch of fundie news and opinion sites, but I was unable to find any coverage of this issue by the fundie press. Hmm… I guess they only like to trumpet their successes. If they don’t talk about their losses in these types of cases, then maybe you won’t realize how many there are.