An atheist activist group that is demanding the removal of a Christian cross atop a water tower in Wilmore, Kentucky, is facing some push-back from the city’s mayor, who said that he has no immediate plans to take it down. The Freedom From Religion Foundation has asked officials to remove the cross, which is owned by the city but is on property at Asbury University, a private, Christian school, calling its presence “unlawful,” WLEX-TV reported.
“The Wilmore cross, displayed on the city water tower, unabashedly creates the perception of government endorsement of Christianity,” read a September 29 letter. “It conveys the message to the nearly 30 percent of the U.S. population who are not Christians that they are not ‘favored members of the political community.’”The issue at hand is that the water tower is owned by the city and has “WILMORE” printed on it in large letters — a dynamic that poses a First Amendment conundrum, according to the Freedom From Religion Foundation. CONTINUE