- Associated Press - Friday, April 22, 2016

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - An atheists’ group has filed a lawsuit against the Northern California city of Santa Clara because of a large granite cross at a city park.

KNTV-TV reports (https://bit.ly/22TtI7w ) that the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation on Wednesday filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in San Jose, arguing that the city is violating the First Amendment by endorsing Christianity with the cross.

The 14-foot granite cross was donated in 1953 to mark the site of the second Spanish Catholic mission established in the city in 1777.

According to the lawsuit, a foundation member who lives nearby has had “unwelcome contact” with the statue.

Foundation attorney Rebecca Markert says community support for the cross doesn’t matter because it’s unconstitutional.

The city plans to respond after it has been served the lawsuit.

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Information from: KNTV-TV.


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