West Texas city comes under fire for cross in public park
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — A West Texas city is coming under scrutiny for a cross that sits in a public park.
The Freedom from Religion Foundation says it wrote to Spur, Texas, officials in July after a resident complained. Foundation attorney Sam Grove says the 12-foot cross on public land violates the Establishment Clause of the constitution’s First Amendment.
City Clerk Laura Adams says Spur officials are not commenting on the situation.
Grove declined to say whether the foundation will sue the city if the cross isn’t moved to private land.
This fall the Freedom From Religion Foundation objected to a display of the Ten Commandments in a high school in the West Texas town of O’Donnell. To avoid a lawsuit, the school district used an American flag to cover up the display.