Local authorities in Port Neches, Texas, have decided to sell a small plot of public park land that currently hosts a large, 10-foot cross to a local church after an atheist activist group threatened to sue for its removal. City leaders decided to sell the 20′ x 20′ plot of land to First United Methodist Church for just $100 —

a move that would essentially protect the religious symbol’s presence by converting the land from public to private, KBMT-TV reported. The sale unfolded under Sec. 253.010 in Texas state law, which allows for properties to be sold to religious groups so long as those groups retain land locally and agree to revitalize it, according to Port Neches city attorney Lance Bradley. READ MORE