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Another cross can stay

First Amendment | Federal appeals court rejects challenge to county seal containing cross
by Steve West
Posted 8/13/19, 04:02 pm

Federal appellate judges moved to preserve a historic county seal that features a cross, signaling a shift away from anti-religious precedent. The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said in its unanimous opinion that the cross on the Lehigh County, Pa., seal does not establish a state religion in violation of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The cross represents the county’s early German settlers who fled persecution in their homeland seeking religious freedom in America.

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Alliance Defending Freedom

Christian printer case moves forward

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 8/13/19, 01:00 pm

Blaine Adamson is headed to the Kentucky Supreme Court to defend his right to decline to print T-shirts for a gay pride festival in Lexington, Ky. The festival happened in 2012. Court arguments are scheduled for Aug. 23.

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Lehigh County

Court rules in favor of cross on seal

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 8/09/19, 10:44 am

A federal court decision Thursday about a Pennsylvania county’s seal bodes well for religious symbols in public settings throughout the country. The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Lehigh County can keep the Latin cross on its seal because it has historical and cultural significance beyond its meaning as a Christian symbol. The 3rd Circuit judges followed a new precedent set by the U.S. Supreme Court this summer in the case of the Bladensburg cross, a 40-foot World War I monument in Maryland that a group of atheists wanted taken down.

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