Five major Jewish groups and 14 states are asking for a cross to remain standing in Florida.
The cross is located in a city park in Pensacola, Florida. It was installed in 1941 and received few if any complaints until May 2016 when four people filed a lawsuit to have the cross removed. The four are represented by the American Humanist Association. (See earlier story)
Attorney Joe Davis of Becket, the non-profit law firm representing Pensacola, points out monuments in the form of religious symbols can be found all over the country because religion has long played a major role in America's history.
"So these are not just religious memorials, of course. They are things that represent the history of various places – and that's why they're there," Davis tells OneNewsNow. "These 14 states have shown up and said a bad ruling in this case could endanger this whole slew of monuments scattered across the country."
The Jewish groups make similar arguments. "Those monuments are actually more vulnerable to lawsuits like this one because people that are unfamiliar with minority religious practices can say Yeah, I'm offended by that, let's tear that down," says Davis.
According to Becket, one of the four plaintiffs lives in another city, seven miles from the park where the cross is located; one has held his own ceremonies for "Satanic purposes" at the cross; and the other two live in Canada, hundreds of miles from Pensacola. Yet all claim that "seeing the cross" offends them, notes the legal group.
The case is now on appeal at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, with a ruling expected in 2018.