The American Civil Liberties Union is aiming its next scandal at a small town’s Christmas tree. The Indianapolis based ACLU is suing Knightstown because the tree in question includes a lighted cross at the top of the tree. The town only recently faced opposition due to the cross.
“A couple of weeks ago they had a crowd here,” said one resident. “Everybody was here. Everybody was fine with it. But now you’ve got one person, you know, out of everybody.” This resident has stated he disagrees with the lawsuit brought on by the ACLU even though he is a relative of the plaintiff.
The American Civil Liberties Union has said that in the lawsuit a Joseph Tompkins has taken issue with the cross. Mr. Tompkins believes it is a violation of the separation of church and state. The lawsuit was filed Thursday and reports that Tompkins has been “forced to come into unwelcome contact” with the display on the Christmas tree which he has claimed has caused him “irreparable harm.”
However, this is not the only objection Tompkins has with the cross. The lawsuit also states that he objects to his tax dollars being used to fund the display he is supposedly offended by. That was met with a slight from one businessman. Lau Ghioc stated in response to Tompkins that he thinks “we can find people in this town that can replace the 0.0004 cents to give him and not have to worry about it.”
Tompkins has asked that the town remove the cross and has had the audacity to ask for financial retribution for the damages caused.
This is not the first lawsuit this year over a cross being displayed in public and is not likely to be the last. In May an atheist lost a lawsuit against a church and can never file suit again. In Los Angeles, the federal court ruled to ban a cross from the Los Angeles seal.