Atheist wants separation of church and mayor

Friday, March 18, 2016
 | 
Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

Corpus Christ Cross ProjectAn atheist is using the separation of church and state argument against a cross in Texas. 

Abundant Life Fellowship is constructing a cross in Corpus Christi that's 210 feet tall and 95 feet wide, reportedly the tallest in the Western Hemisphere, along an interstate leading into the city.

Texas atheist Patrick Greene is suing the church and its pastor, Rick Milby, on the questionable legal argument that inviting the mayor and two city council members to a groundbreaking ceremony violated the Texas Constitution. 

Attorney Jeremy Dys of First Liberty Institute tells OneNewsNow that Greene is expected to amend the the lawsuit to include a lawsuit against the city council members and the mayor, Nelda Martinez. 

"So he's effectively trying to use the legal system in order to ban people from going to church," Dys says of Greene.

The plan to erect the cross is known as the Corpus Christi Cross Project, reports The San Antonio-Express News, which noted that Greene referred to the cross as "tacky as hell" and claimed it was a distraction to drivers.

Dys, Jeremy (WV Family Policy Council)Milby, the pastor, told Fox News that Greene is "attacking my rights and the rights of the mayor."

The groundbreaking was on a Sunday, Milby said, and the mayor and council members are self-professed Christians who are allowed to live out their faith.

Martinez called the ceremony a "wonderful moment" and said she had the constitutional right to attend. 

"This an opportunity for the city to come together and recognize the contributions that one church is making to its community. There's nothing wrong with that," Dys tells OneNewsNow.

Greene doesn't actually live in Corpus Christi. He lives in San Antonio 144 miles away.

The name "Corpus Christi," incidentally is Latin for "Body of Christ." 

Consider Supporting Us?

The staff at Onenewsnow.com strives daily to bring you news from a biblical perspective. If you benefit from this platform and want others to know about it please consider a generous gift today.

MAKE A DONATION

Comments

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWSBRIEF

SUBSCRIBE

VOTE IN OUR POLL

If accused of praying for your elected government officials, how would you plead?

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

More Israeli troops sent to West Bank, placed on high alert
Trump to attend commissioning of USS Gerald R. Ford
Ohio prosecutor: Infant whose remains found was born alive
German runaway girl who converted to Islam is found in Iraq
Al-Qaida suspect linked to cartoonist plot extradited to US
Hawaii prepares for 'unlikely' N. Korea missile threat
Minn. police chief resigns in wake of officer shooting

LATEST FROM THE WEB

Trump: USS Ford 'A 100,000-ton message to the world'
Iran cracks down on Christian converts, sentences believers to 10 years in prison
Trump blasts Washington Post, NYT for leaks, fake news on Russia
Protests erupt at Minneapolis mayor's press conference announcing police chief resignation
US intercepts allegedly suggest Sessions discussed campaign matters w/Russian ambassador

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day

REASON & COMPANY

NEXT STORY
Split court ruling favors unions - for now

lawsuit gavel with moneyLabor unions are celebrating a win at the U.S. Supreme Court but the teachers who lost the case may get another chance in the future.