August 30, 2013 Print

Indiana Church Defends Riverfront Cross Display

by Bethany Monk

A legal group this week filed an appeal on behalf of an Indiana church facing a lawsuit over a temporary display of crosses – part of an annual event to help raise money for local charities.

Evansville had approved a request from West Side Christian Church and other churches wanting to decorate the city’s riverfront with 31 crosses. Shortly after, the ACLU filed a complaint on behalf of two Vanderburgh County residents.

Last month, a federal court said the crosses endorse government religious speech, and cannot be displayed.

“Government officials should not be allowed to unconstitutionally single out faith-based groups for censorship,” said Alliance Defending Freedom Attorney Bryan Beauman. “A public display, approved in the same way as other types of displays, cannot be singled out for censorship simply because it is in the shape of a cross.”

Read the notice of appeal in Cabral v. City of Evansville

Read the court order in the case.


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