The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty has filed a petition asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review a decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit upholding a lower court’s ruling that a cross in Pensacola’s Bayview Park must be removed.
In 2016 the American Humanist Association and the Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a lawsuit contending the city’s action of erecting a cross on the publicly owned grounds violates the Establishment Clause of the Constitution. A federal district court judge agreed, as did the appellate court. Now Beckett continues its pro bono representation of the city by appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Madeline Ziegler, a staff attorney with the Freedom From Religion Foundation, doesn’t believe Pensacola has a case and says, “This cross represents the government’s unconstitutional support of Christianity and must come down.”
But Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward says, “The cross is a valuable part of our history; tearing it down would needlessly signal hostility toward religion.”
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