Give credit to Rob Sherman, the atheist activist from Illinois, when he thinks there’s been a church/state separation violation, he does everything he can to put it to a stop.
He just filed a lawsuit last week over the Bald Knob Cross.
The reason for the lawsuit is…
… to force Friends of the Cross to disgorge a $20,000 State grant that it received from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to reconstruct a giant, 11-story-high Christian cross, known as Bald Knob Cross, located on private land in the Shawnee National Forest, near Alto Pass and Carbondale, in southwestern Illinois.
Now, his sights are set on the town of Marion, where they want to build a Ten Commandments monument on the town square:
While no action was taken at Monday night’s meeting it’s obvious which side the council is on.Council member Jay Rix told the atheist “You make me sick to my stomach.”
Mayor Bob Butler said, “In God’s will this will be done.”
He says if city leaders try to sell a portion of Tower Square to technically make it private property, he could try to out bid Kessler.
“You might end up with me purchasing that segment. Then I could put up a monument that says God is make believe or there is no God,” says Sherman.
Sherman suggests the monument be placed on church or private property.
Anything else, he considers atheist bigotry and discrimination that will have consequences.
“Facing the potential of a long expensive, losing legal battle,” says Sherman.
Sherman is a Chicago resident, so he doesn’t have standing, which means he can’t sue. However, he says if one person from Marion contacts him he will make sure the case goes to court.
I didn’t realize you needed standing to sue over a blatant government endorsement of Christianity… but I hope someone from Marion will contact Rob.