Latin cross has been removed from New Mexico county building (March 25, 2019)

Following a complaint by FFRF, a Latin cross has been removed from a county building in Carlsbad, N.M.

A local resident reported that a cross was displayed prominently in the Eddy County Clerk Office, a location that was used for early voting in October of 2018. FFRF Legal Director Rebecca Markert swiftly intervened.

“The inherent religious significance of the Latin cross is undeniable and is not disguisable,” Markert wrote in her letter to County Clerk Robin Van Natta. “No secular purpose, no matter how sincere, will detract from the overall message that the cross stands for Christianity and the overall display promotes Christianity.”

This violation of the civil liberties of non-Christian residents by the presence of this cross is further exacerbated by the fact that the location is used as a polling place, Markert added.

The county confirmed in a letter to FFRF that the cross was removed following the complaint.

Freedom From Religion Foundation