FRANKENMUTH, Mich. (AP) – Officials in Frankenmuth, Mich., say a 55-foot cross erected in a public park is staying put, rejecting criticism from a group that claims it’s an unconstitutional endorsement of Christianity.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State had asked Frankenmuth to remove the white cross, which is in a park across the road from Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland, a huge holiday store that has helped make Frankenmuth a popular tourist destination.
Attorney Richard Thompson, who is representing the city, says the cross was erected in 1976 to honor the country’s 200th birthday and to celebrate Frankenmuth’s history and culture. He says, “This community will fight to keep it.”
Americans United said it’s disappointed but not surprised and is willing to file a lawsuit if a resident steps forward to be the plaintiff.