Group sues city over crosses on public land

A national nonprofit for atheists and agnostics is suing the town of Whiteville over its placement of crosses on city property.
A national nonprofit for atheists and agnostics is suing the town of Whiteville over its placement of crosses on city property.

(AP) - A national nonprofit for atheists and agnostics is suing the town of Whiteville over its placement of crosses on city property.

A federal lawsuit filed on Friday by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, states that the displays are an unconstitutional endorsement of Christianity by the government of this town about 50 miles east of Memphis.

According to the complaint, the group originally asked the town to remove a cross from atop the local water tower. Instead, the town removed one arm of the cross as a sort of protest. It also placed new crosses in front of city hall and on public sidewalks.

Alderman Tommy Turner told The Jackson Sun that he thinks Whiteville should keep the crosses up and fight the lawsuit.

Information from: The Jackson Sun.

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