If you visited the town of Dugger, Indiana over the past two years, this is what you would have seen:
That’s a 26-foot-tall cross on public property.
Until recently, no one ever complained about it. But Americans United for Separation of Church and State sent the city a letter asking them to take it off the property and, as you might expect, people are going a bit crazy about that.
When word got around Tuesday that an Indianapolis Star reporter was coming to town to write about the situation, more than 40 people showed up at the cross for the occasion. They brought white tents and water bottles. One girl wore a shirt that said “Better saved than sorry.”
They held hands and formed a prayer circle around the cross. “We’re asking you, Father God, for a voice from heaven, Father, to know if this is a time to stand and fight, Father God,” said the first man to speak, Trevis Pinkston. “Father God, we need to know now, Father God.” His speech was met with a rousing “Amen.”
Dan Dyer, pastor of the nearby Whosoever Will Full Gospel Church, told The Star he was here because he felt it was a threat. “We also believe our republic was founded upon Christian foundations,” he said, asking why this was a problem, when the Ten Commandments are shown prominently at the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington.
“It ain’t hurting nobody,” said Charles Hay, the man who approached the Town Council in the first place. “If you’re not for it, don’t look at it.”
They complain because they don’t understand how the law works.
But at least City Council President Dwight Nielson does. He’s complying with AU’s request because the town “doesn’t have the cash to fight this in court… nor would it likely win.”
The easiest thing to do would be to sell the cross to a Church or just move it to private property, but that decision hasn’t been made yet.
You know, these stories are a lot less interesting to write about when the city just complies with the law… Where’s the fight?! I can’t tell you how wrong you are when you decide to do the right thing!
That’s alright. I could get used to it.
(via Religion Clause)