Friday, August 3, 2012

STEUBENVILLE OH: Atheists Threaten to Sue Over Christian Cross in City Logo

The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) has been somewhat quieter than normal these past few months. Chalk it up to a summer slump, vacation schedules or a lack of religious targets to focus upon, but the silence has been notable.
However, in recent days, the atheistic non-profit is back to its regular antics. The group’s new target is Steubenville, Ohio, where atheist leaders are demanding that a religious image present on the city’s official logo be removed.
Last month, officials agreed to alter the logo after the FFRF complained and threatened legal action over the inclusion of the cross and the silhouette of the Christ the King Chapel. The house of worship is present on the campus of the Franciscan University of Steubenville, a local higher education facility.
“Crosses do not belong on the logos of American cities. We are not a ‘Christian nation’ or a theocracy, but were first among nations to adopt a secular constitution wisely separating religion from government,” proclaimed FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor.
As is typically the case, the city was quick to stand down over the logo, considering the monumental legal fees that it would face if and when the case went to court. But now, in the wake of the controversy, James Bordas Jr., an attorney, has offered to represent the city pro-bono should a FFRF-led lawsuit take form.
“We thought the city was being bullied, perhaps because of lack of funds, into caving to the unlawful demands of an extremist group,” Bordas explained, going on to say that the law office has the money and time to devote to the case, if needed.


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