Ind. church appeals cross ban


English: The skyline of Evansville, Indiana.

English: The skyline of Evansville, Indiana. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Attorney sound bite:  Bryan Beauman

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Alliance Defending Freedom allied attorneys representing an Evansville area church filed an appeal
Wednesday in an ACLU lawsuit over the display of up to 31 temporary
crosses at the Evansville riverfront. Last month, a federal district
court issued an injunction saying that the crosses cannot be displayed in the same manner as other community group displays.

“Government
officials should not be allowed to unconstitutionally single out
faith-based groups for censorship,” said Bryan Beauman, one of nearly
2,300 allied attorneys with
Alliance Defending Freedom. “A public display, approved in the same way
as other types of displays, cannot be singled out for censorship simply
because it is in the shape of a cross.”

In June, the Evansville
Board of Public Works approved a request by West Side Christian Church
for it and up to 30 other participating churches to display painted and
decorated crosses along the city’s popular riverfront for two weeks in
August in an event known as “Cross the River.” Each participating church
was scheduled to paint and decorate a cross and display it during the
event in an effort to raise money for local charities.

The ACLU filed a lawsuit on behalf of two Vanderburgh County residents
after the city approved the churches’ permit to display the crosses. In
July, Alliance Defending Freedom allied attorneys filed a motion to intervene on behalf of the churches, which the court granted with respect to one of the churches.

“This
misinterpretation of the First Amendment should not be allowed to
uproot the fundamental freedoms that the Constitution guarantees to all
Americans,” added Chris Wischer of the Evansville, Indiana law firm
Bamberger, Foreman, Oswald and Hahn, LLP, who serves as co-counsel for
the churches along with Beauman, who is with Sturgill, Turner, Barker
& Moloney, PLLC, of Lexington, Ky.

Michael J. Cork, also of Bamberger, Foreman, Oswald and Hahn, LLP, also serves as co-counsel for the churches in the case, Cabral v. City of Evansville, which will now go to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit.

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About Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield

Bi-vocational minister who is Founder and Editor of FaithInspires.Org As seen in Google News, SelfGrowth.Com, ChristianHeadlines.com etc.

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