- The Washington Times - Friday, August 19, 2016

Council members voted Thursday that a veterans memorial featuring a Christian cross will remain in front of a public library in Roselle Park, New Jersey, despite complaints.

The borough council voted 3-2 in favor of the statue following a heated public debate about the cross’ placement outside the Roselle Park Veterans Memorial Library, which went up in late July, NJ.com reported.

Critics argued that the display, which features the silhouette of a soldier kneeling over a grave marked by a cross, disrespected non-Christian service members.

The memorial was donated to the library by Mayor Carl Hokanson. The mayor and Councilwoman-at-large Charlene Storey recused themselves from Thursday’s vote, NJ.com reported.

Gregory Storey, the councilwoman’s husband, said after the meeting that the threat of litigation still loomed, NJ.com reported. He believes the memorial may be in violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.



“It’s unfortunate that the vote went this way,” he said.

Mr. Storey had alerted the American Humanist Association of the memorial, prompting the organization to threaten legal action in a letter to the mayor last week.

This isn’t the first time the Storeys have raised concerns about religious themes on public property.

Mrs. Storey in December temporarily resigned from her council seat after the group renamed the borough’s “holiday” tree lighting a “Christmas” tree lighting, NJ.com reported.

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