'Cross Ban' at Veteran Memorial Gets Taken to Next Level When a Bunch of Bikers Show Up

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For years now, the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) has been making headlines for its efforts to ensure that public spaces remain free of any type of religious imagery.

Whether it's Ten Commandments monuments in schools or “In God We Trust” stickers on police cruisers, the group has threatened legal action against towns across the U.S. in order to prevent any such display.

In recent months, the town of Belle Plaine, Minnesota, has also become the target of similar demands — but here, as KMSP reports, the FFRF has found itself facing a very different kind of resistance: (twitter post)

Should it stay or should it go? Cross in veterans memorial prompts fight in Belle Plaine http://www.fox9.com/news/231028192-story …

The controversy in Belle Plaine centers on a monument at the Veterans Memorial Park, one that features “a silhouette of a soldier kneeling in front of a cross that served as a headstone for a fellow soldier's grave.”

The situation reportedly first arose in August, after “resident JoAnne Gill filed a police report questioning whether the cross was legal based on court rulings regarding church and state.”

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The complaint eventually came to the attention of the FFRF, which argued that the cross didn't merely represent a grave headstone, but a religious symbol.

As Annie Laurie Gaylor of the FFRF explained:

"This isn't just a constitutional violation. It sends a message of exclusion to non-Christians as if only Christian veterans are important...

We don’t object to veteran memorials and we don't object to Christian veteran memorials, we just think Christian veteran memorials must be on private property."

Saying that the threat of an FFRF lawsuit left his city with “no choice but to take down the cross,” Belle Plaine Mayor Christopher Meyer told local media:

“To me, it’s another attack on small town America — our freedoms.”

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