FOUNDATION STANDS WITH PENSACOLA IN CROSS DEFENSE
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MONTGOMERY, AL: The Foundation for Moral Law, an Alabama nonprofit corporation dedicated to the defense of religious liberty and the right to publicly acknowledge God, filed an amicus brief with the United States Supreme Court Thursday supporting the City of Pensacola, FL in its battle to preserve a cross erected on city property.
A federal district court judge ordered the cross’s removal, saying its presence on city property violates Eleventh Circuit court precedents interpreting the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, and a three-judge panel on the Eleventh Circuit agreed. All three judges of the Eleventh Circuit, however, in separate opinions, said they were required to adopt this position by past precedent which they are powerless to overrule, and two of the judges expressed the hope that the full Eleventh Circuit panel or the Supreme Court would overrule these precedents and allow the cross to remain.
Foundation President Kayla Moore said concerning the case, “From Christopher Columbus to the settlers at Jamestown and many after that, those who came to this country brought the cross with them to acknowledge God as Lord of this land. In 1780, when they framed the First Amendment, they intended to prohibit an official established church, nothing more. Nothing in the First Amendment prohibits the people of Pensacola from acknowledging God through this cross.”
Foundation Legal Counsel Matthew Clark added, “The cross is the most censored symbol in America today, but this policy of censorship is contrary to recent Supreme Court precedents such as Town of Greece v. Galloway. We hope the Court will accept this case for review and use it to articulate a theory of the Establishment Clause that is consistent with the Framers’ intent.”