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
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
"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.