An atheist group in Woonsocket, Rhode Island is pressuring the city to remove a “Latin cross” from a fire station parking lot:
The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) announced this week that they had sent a letter to Woonsocket Mayor Leo Fontaine requesting that the city not only remove the cross, but also scrub a memorial angel and prayer — which they describe as “woefully out of date” — from the fire department’s website.
According to the group, it is illegal for the city to promote any religion.
“It is unlawful for a city government and its agencies to display patently religious symbols and messages on city property,” FFRF’s senior staff attorney, Rebecca Market, wrote in the letter to Fontaine. “The website impermissibly demonstrates a preference for religion over nonreligion. The Latin cross at the fire station demonstrates Woonsocket’s preference for Christianity over other religions and nonreligion. Such government endorsements of religion runs afoul of the Establishment Clause of the United States Constitution.”
Here is another classic example of a bozo atheist group misinterpreting the Constitution in order to push their whacko agenda. The First Amendment deals specifically with preventing the creation of a national religion by the federal government. It also prevents the government from telling you what or how to worship. There is no ban on religious symbols in the public sphere.
The “separation of church and state” is not in the Constitution. It is a Jefferson quote that has been taken out of context, corrupted, and used as a false precedent by the Supreme Court to promote a progressive agenda. I dealt with this exact topic back on February 29.