Cross in Pensacola community ordered to be taken down
Logos Post News Desk - A long time symbol of freedom and joy in Pensacola has been ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge and ordered to be taken down.
A federal judge has ruled that a 75 year old, 34-foot tall cross in Bayview Park on public property in Pensacola, FL, has to come down after a lawsuit filed by the American Humanist Association and the Freedom From Religion Foundation to order its removal.
Franklin Graham spoke out against the ruling, offering other alternatives and encouraging believers everywhere to be even more outspoken in our faith.
"The Bible tells us that the cross is an offense. That's because it represents the saving power of the Lord Jesus Christ who rose from the grave after three days to redeem us from the penalty of our sins...Even better yet, we could multiply the message of the cross by sharing the Gospel with everyone we know “for it is the power of God unto salvation.”
"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," stated the judge, according to Fox News.
Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee went on the record with Fox News calling the ruling absurd, especially considering only four people had a problem with the cross. "Four people in Pensacola said they have a problem with this...This is one of the irrational decisions by the court."
Martha MacCullum then noted two of the complainants have since moved to Canada and are no longer residents of the United States.
The ruling has sparked strong reaction including statements by U.S. Senator Marco Rubio who tweeted, "I hope Pensacola will appeal after Bayview Park cross ruled unconstitutional & ordered removed in 30 days."
Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, stated his own frustration with the ruling saying,
"I am deeply saddened by this decision and will always stand in support of the Bayview Cross. The Bayview Cross, although a symbol of Christianity, has grown beyond that as a monument of our community’s history."