ACLU suing Indiana town over cross display in Christmas decorations

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Cross on top of a Christmas tree in an Indiana town that prompted a lawsuit. (Image Credit: CBS AFFILIATE WTTV via

A central Indiana town is facing a lawsuit from The American Civil Liberties Union.

It stems from the display of a cross as part of its Christmas decorations.

CBS News and the Associated Press report that, according to The Indianapolis Star, the ACLU’s Indiana chapter and Knightstown resident Joseph Tompkins are behind the lawsuit. They argue that “the Christian symbol on display in the Knightstown town square violates the First Amendment.”

The lawsuit also reportedly seeks not just the removal of the cross, but monetary damages and a declaration that the cross display violates the First Amendment.

CBS affiliate WTTV has also reported the suit alleges that the Latin cross “is the preeminent symbol of Christianity, representing the instrument of the crucifixion of Jesus.” Basically, since the display is religious, the suit argues it has no business on town property.

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