Vol. 21 No. 1 - Published by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc. -
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Cross Atop County Nursing Home Protested
The Freedom From Religion Foundation has asked for the removal of a large, lighted cross atop a publicly-owned nursing home in Sheboygan, Wis.
On behalf of a Sheboygan Foundation member and taxpayer, Foundation president Anne Gaylor wrote both the Sunny Ridge Nursing Home and the county's chief administrative officer in December.
Coverage of the complaint brought a barrage of outraged letters to the editor by area Christians published in the Sheboygan Press, as well as some nasty mail and emails. One excellent letter from a Foundation member was published.
The Foundation has been advised that the cross can be seen from the distance of a mile, and that the nursing home is a county-owned property subsidized with county and state tax dollars.
"This promotion of religion with the display of one religion's icon, the Christian cross, is a violation of the separation of church and state," wrote Gaylor.
The Foundation is still awaiting a formal response.
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