- The Washington Times - Monday, December 12, 2016

Residents of Knightstown, Indiana, are protesting the American Civil Liberties Union’s lawsuit against the town’s Christmas display by displaying hundreds of crosses in their yards, vehicles and store windows.

The ACLU recently sued Knightstown on behalf of resident Joseph Tompkins, saying the cross on top of the town’s Christmas tree violates his First Amendment rights. The suit demands that the cross be removed and the town pay Mr. Tompkins damages for being “forced to come into direct and unwelcome contact with the cross display,” a local Fox News affiliate reported.

In response to the lawsuit, hundreds of residents in the town of 2,100 people have reportedly put up crosses in their yards and windows.

Knightstown resident Patricia Hutson constructed more than 200 wooden crosses and handed them out before a vigil was held Sunday night in support of the Christmas tree cross, Fox reported.

“I just thought we should rebel some way or let [Mr. Tompkins] know how we feel,” she said. “I hope they make people realize that we should speak up for what we believe in and stand up for it and not be pushed around.”

“To me it’s not a religious display,” added Knightstown resident Cynthia Sturgill. “It’s not all about just Christianity. It’s about memorial, loss of family, loved ones, the veterans. The Jefferson Memorial has tons of crosses, millions of crosses for veterans.”

She said she and her family and friends intend to fight the lawsuit “every bit of the way.

“We don’t want the cross to come down,” she told Fox.

Town officials said they’re not ready to comment about how they plan to respond to the lawsuit, Fox reported. In the meantime, residents said they would continue their friendly protest with hopes that Mr. Tompkins will drop the claim.

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