Putting the brakes on 'fundamental transformation'
The so-called "bathroom wars" have spilled over from department stores into courtrooms, where a legal battle is under way over the power and reach of the federal government.
A Michigan town is standing its ground and will not remove a bicentennial cross on city property. The cross is representative of the town's history.
Frankenmuth was founded by 15 missionaries from Middle Franconia, Bavaria, who arrived in 1845 to minister to Chippewa Indians who lived in the area. Americans United for Separation of Church and State claims the cross is government endorsement of religion.
Richard Thompson of the Thomas More Law Center has written a letter in response and is representing the town free of charge. He was asked if anyone objected to the cross.
"One of the issues I raised in my letter is that they said that they had someone who is complaining about the cross," he explains. "I said in the letter that you don't even name that individual, and there would be no way a lawyer could advise a city to capitulate to such a demand when we don't even know who is really making the demand."
Thompson is fully prepared to defend the city, but says there is currently chaos in the legal system because of federal court rulings.
"And the reason for that is that the Supreme Court has been intellectually dishonest when they attempted to interpret the Establishment Clause," he declares.
As Thompson explains, that clause is designed to prohibit government from establishing a religion, but also to keep the government out of religion. The attorney is awaiting a response from Americans United, but is fully prepared to work to gain victory in court for the citizens of Frankenmuth.
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