The Freedom From Religion Foundation Goes After Minnesota City

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has asked the city of La Crescent, Minnesota to take down a well-known religious symbol called the La Crescent cross and star landmark.

FFRF staff attorney Rebecca Markert said the city alternates displaying the star at Christmas and the cross during Easter, which suggests a religious purpose. She said, "They are celebrating the religious aspects of the holidays which the government is not allowed to do."

La Crescent resident Gwynne Mishler responded “Separation of church and state is the freedom of religion, that means citizens of the country can worship or not worship anyone or anything they choose. 'Freedom from religion' is not what our Constitution says; everyone is free to choose what they would like to worship or not worship, so I think that is an important distinction."

Mary Ludwig, a landmark supporter, said, "It's public property and it's the city's landmark. You can't just because of a few people take away the rights that we as Americans have."

FFRF member Hank Zumach said, "The freedom from religion is more important and more basic than the freedom of religion." FFRF has not filed a lawsuit against La Crescent and wishes to resolve the issue out of court.

The decision to light up the star for the 2015 holiday season has not yet been made.

Photo: Red State

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