Attorneys are ready to go to the Supreme Court to keep a 55-foot
cross standing on public property in a Michigan town.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State has
protested the cross in Frankenmuth, Michigan, which was erected in
1976 for the Nation's Bicentennial celebration. Richard Thompson of
More Law Center tells OneNewsNow it was also intended to point
to the city's founding as a Native American mission colony in
"Actually, the settlers came in from a province in
Germany," he notes. "They were prompted to do so by a German
Lutheran priest who wanted to evangelize the Indians in the area
and also provide some missionary work for the Germans who were
The community was highly religious, and its members spread
the gospel exactly as they had intended to do. In 1976, a
bicentennial committee decided to put up a cross.
"[It was] to reflect a grateful city for the early settlers and
obviously to thank God for America -- in fact for
religious freedom," Thompson explains.
The TMLC president asserts that the cross does not
establish a government religion and does not violate the
Constitution. Even so, after more than 30 years, Americans
United is complaining on behalf of an unidentified