Federal judge orders Pensacola to remove cross

The City of Pensacola has thirty days to remove the controversial but longstanding cross in Bayview Park, federal judge Roger Vinson ruled on Monday.

A group of Pensacola residents, represented by the American Humanist Association and the Freedom From Religion Foundation, sued the city in 2016 seeking the removal of the cross, calling its placement on public, government-maintained property unconstitutional.

Ultimately, Judge Vinson agreed.

“After about 75 years, the Bayview Cross can no longer stand as a permanent fixture on city-owned property,” Vinson wrote in the ruling. “I am aware that there is a lot of support in Pensacola to keep the cross as is, and I understand and respect that point of view. But, the law is the law.” PULSE

 

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