Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Aleteia
Monday 27 September |
Saint of the Day: St. Vincent de Paul

Indiana town removes cross from atop Christmas tree after ACLU sues

Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 12/13/16

You can watch the video above for a look at what all the fuss is about, but this is what we have come to:

A small Indiana town on Monday afternoon conceded it was no match for the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana, declining to fight a lawsuit filed Friday that demanded Knightstown remove a lighted cross from the top of its town Christmas tree. It is with regret and sadness that the Knightstown Town Council has had the cross removed from the Christmas tree on the town square and is expected to approve a resolution at the next council meeting stating they will not return the cross to the tree,” the town council announced in a statement. The council said the decision was based on advice from its legal counsel and the worry over payments should the council lose in court, Fox 59 reported. Dozens gathered at the display on Sunday to pray they would be able to keep the cross, RTV6 reported. The lawsuit claimed plaintiff and Knightstown resident Joseph Tompkins was “forced to come into unwelcome contact” with the display, causing him “irreparable harm.”

But the town is fighting back: 

“It’s just ridiculous,” resident Aaron Magee told WISH. “I’m very offended that the cross was taken down, and I want it put back up. We all want it put back up.”
Protesters have started placing their own crosses on the tree and handing crosses out to those walking by.
ACLU-Indiana Legal Director Ken Falk disagreed with the town and protesters.
“The cross is not a Christmas symbol,” Falk said. “The cross is the pre-eminent symbol of Christianity and it reminds Christians not of the secular trappings of Christmas, but of the crucifixion and the resurrection of Jesus.”
Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read Aleteia.org every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...




Top 10
1
VATICAN LEGOS
J-P Mauro
Chicago architect models Vatican City from 67,000 LEGO bricks
2
The Sinai Peninsula and the Dead Sea Rift
J-P Mauro
Experts now believe Sodom was destroyed by a meteor
3
Tolkien
Philip Kosloski
Why J.R.R. Tolkien loved to attend daily Mass
4
PADRE PIO
Bret Thoman, OFS
Exclusive photos: Meet Padre Pio and the place he lived
5
Giovanna Binci
He’s autistic, she has Down syndrome, and they’re wonderfully hap...
6
PADRE PIO
Philip Kosloski
How Our Lady saved Padre Pio from a violent demonic attack
7
peace
Cerith Gardiner
9 Padre Pio quotes for when you’re feeling scared or uncertain
See More