Port Neches (TX) Keeps Cross in Public Park By Selling That Tiny Portion of Land to a Local Church

This is the Christian cross you’ll see if you visit the Port Neches RiverFront Park in Texas.

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It’s by itself. There are no other religious symbols in the area. And it’s been there for nearly five decades. But as we’ve said many times before on this site, tradition doesn’t matter if something shouldn’t have happened in the first place.

As it stands, the city has figured out a way around the problem.

They’re not taking down the cross.

They’re just selling off that teeny, tiny parcel of land on which the cross sits to a local church. For $100.

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An Open Atheist, Suing to Remove Cross from Pensacola (Florida) Park, is Running for Congress

In the race for U.S. Congress from Florida’s 1st District, the primaries don’t take place until late August, but there’s already a war of words between two of the contenders over a Christian cross on public property.

Actually, I take that back. It’s more like the most prominent Republican in the field wants everyone to know that one of his possible Democratic opponents is an atheist.

The cross in question has been up in Pensacola’s Bayview Park for the past 50 years. The American Humanist Association and Freedom From Religion Foundation recently filed a joint lawsuit to have it removed.

One of the atheist plaintiffs in that suit is Amanda Kondrat’yev, one of two Democrats running for that seat in Congress.

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Her potential Republican opponent Matt Gaetz, currently a state representative, wants to challenge her views in public:

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Ohio School Ends Tradition of Singing “The Lord’s Prayer” at Graduation, and Christians Are Furious

I realize there’s some debate over what can and can’t be sung at public high school events, but a “musical rendition of ‘The Lord’s Prayer'” should make anyone‘s list of obviously-promoting-Christianity-and-therefore-illegal music. It’s not an instrumental ode to God. It’s not a classic song that has withstood the test of time. It’s just a song you’d expect to hear in a megachurch on a Sunday morning.

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Who would argue otherwise?

Todd Starnes of Fox News, that’s who.

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Atheists Blamed After Santa Clara (CA) War Memorial Cross at Center of Lawsuit Gets Vandalized

Last month, the Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a lawsuit against the city of Santa Clara, California. It came after issuing more than a dozen warnings against the 14-foot-tall Christian cross that had been up in a public park since the 1950s, obviously to promote the faith.

You can imagine, then, how people would be quick to blame atheists after someone vandalized the cross on Friday, spray-painting a white X at the base of the monument.

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Thanks to a New Texas Law, An Atheist Has Been Able to Document Prayers at School Board Meetings

On January 1 of this year, a new law went into effect in Texas. Among other things, HB 283 requires any school district with student enrollment of over 10,000 to essentially make video and audio recordings of all board meetings available to the public. Many districts, large and small, do this on their own already, but the TX law now mandates it for the larger ones.

That gave one reader of this site — let’s call him Bob — an idea: If all of these meetings are being recorded, we can finally have a record of which school boards are praying during meetings. Forget relying on a local citizen who just so happens to attend these meetings and knows to report these incidents.

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But even with all the data out there, someone would have to keep track of all those board meetings.

That’s just what Bob did.

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