Judge: No cross display allowed on public land

Display would hint city endorsement of religion

EVANSVILLE, Ind. - A federal judge has ruled that an Evansville church cannot erect a cross display on public land.

The request by West Side Christian Church to have crosses along Riverside Drive was approved June 20 in 2-0 decision by the Evansville Board of Public Works.

But the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed an injunction saying the cross display would violate the First Amendment and amount to the city endorsing Christianity.

U.S. District Judge Sarah Evans Barker released her ruling Wednesday that, "based on the size and scope of the project, this planned display of crosses would convey a message of the City’s endorsement of Christianity to the reasonable observer," which would violate the First Amendment.

READ: Judge Barker's full ruling

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