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Church Hopes To Save Cross Now On Ind. Town Land

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
This undated photo shows the Faith Community Church's cross in Dugger, Ind. A church's pastor said Tuesday, July 17, 2012, he's going to work to keep a 26-foot-tall cross along a main road into town even though the church is being asked to remove it from town property. The town council agreed Monday to have the church move the cross after receiving a letter from Washington-based Americans United for Separation of Church and State arguing that the town was unlawfully endorsing Christianity, the Sullivan Daily Times reported.

This undated photo shows the Faith Community Church's cross in Dugger, Ind. A church's pastor said Tuesday, July 17, 2012, he's going to work to keep a 26-foot-tall cross along a main road into town even though the church is being asked to remove it from town property. The town council agreed Monday to have the church move the cross after receiving a letter from Washington-based Americans United for Separation of Church and State arguing that the town was unlawfully endorsing Christianity, the Sullivan Daily Times reported.

DUGGER, Ind. (AP) -- An Indiana pastor says he'll work to keep a 26-foot-tall cross along a main road into the town of Dugger even though his church has been asked to remove it from town property.

The Sullivan Daily Times reports that the Dugger Town Council voted Monday to have Faith Community Church move the cross after receiving a letter from Americans United for Separation of Church and State arguing that the town was unlawfully endorsing Christianity.

Council President Dwight Nielson said the town can't afford to fight a legal battle over the cross, which has "Jesus Saves" written across it.

Faith Community Pastor Shawn Farris said he was looking at options for keeping the cross in place, such as having a private group purchase the property where it stands.

Farris said. "I think the cross is a symbol of hope that this world desperately needs."

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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