- Associated Press - Monday, December 12, 2016

KNIGHTSTOWN, Ind. (AP) - A central Indiana town has removed a cross from its Christmas decorations after the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana said it violated the First Amendment.

The Knightstown Town Council released a statement Monday saying the cross was removed because the town could not win a lawsuit filed by the ACLU on behalf of resident Joseph Tomkins. The council said its decision was made based on advice from legal counsel.

The statement said the council is expected to approve a resolution at its meeting stating it will not return the cross to the tree.”

Dozens of people gathered at the display Sunday to pray that the town about 40 miles east of Indianapolis could keep the cross on display. A few protesters showed up Monday when the cross was removed.

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