Atheist Activist Group Sues to Remove Cross From Pennsylvania County Seal

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A prominent professing atheist group has filed a federal lawsuit in an effort to have a cross removed from the seal of a Pennsylvania county.

The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) filed the legal challenge on Monday and is seeking a declaration that its inclusion on the county seal is unconstitutional.

“Lehigh County is not a Christian county, it should be equally welcoming to all its citizens regardless of their religion or their reject of religion,” said Co-Founder Annie Laurie Gaylor in a statement.

According to the suit, in November 2014, FFRF sent a letter to County Executive Thomas Muller over the matter but received no response. It then sent another letter in January 2015, and soon afterward, the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners decided not to cave to FFRF’s demands.

Members of the public also contacted the board to express their support for retaining the cross on the seal, and commissioners voted unanimously to have the county solicitor respond to FFRF to outline that the cross would remain.

It believed that the cross was included to honor the first settlers in Lehigh County, who were Christian. Continue Reading

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