City of Frankenmuth Asked to Take Down City Cross

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A national organization has asked the city of Frankenmuth to take down a 55-foot cross erected in the late 1970s in a public park. reports Monday that Washington D.C.-based Americans United for Separation of Church and State first sent a letter seeking the cross' removal from Cross Park to the city in July. A response is expected by the end of this week.

The organization says the cross in the park across from Bronner's Christmas Wonderland violates the U.S. Constitution.

MLive reports that the Frankenmuth Parks and Recreation website states the white cross "is a tribute to the religious background of the Frankenmuth community."

Frankenmuth, about 75 miles northwest of Detroit, is represented by the Ann Arbor-based Thomas More Law Center.

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  • by Michelle Location: Stockbridge on Oct 16, 2012 at 11:51 AM
    Sorry Name, it seems as though it was Mariah I needed to address after finding a minute to thoroughly read the comments. Was just embarrassed by some who confuse oppression of religion and freedom from it. There are Polish, Chinese, etc. districts whom are not persecuted for their displays in their stores. It seems unjust to me that the one religion I know of for sure, like Christianity, that believes in forgiveness and teaching the religion in peace for peace for all is usually the one that gets singled out. When we go into business districts of other beliefs, their religion is publicly displayed everywhere and when we bury our peers we view different forms of memorial in every part of the same cemetery. A park is not a courtroom and this park thrives in a district promoting Christmas....take Christmas away and those living there may not have funds to upkeep the park.
  • by Michelle Location: Stockbridge on Oct 16, 2012 at 11:36 AM
    Name, noone is "caving"... it was this same religion that you are fighting against that protected and fought the worst to allow you to put your church here, sit down during the pledge of allegiance and forth without getting persecuted for it. Also the same religion that fought to allow citizens of other nations to come here for being persecuted for believing differently as in Christianity, Jesus was persecuted for believing in individual freedom. How closed minded and how do you know what that cross stands for? Maybe it stands as a memorial to the soldiers whom lost their lives for your freedom while you insist on suppressing it. What are you going to banish next? The Santa Clauses being sold in the public stores, all elephant or crescent moons in window displays or the money we spend that says in God we trust?...Honestly, that park isn't being used for private worship or persecuting those for going there with different beliefs so why are you doing it in reverse?...I say it should stay as a memorial for those who turned that little town into a prosperous business district founded in peace for all and you should reevaluate your priorities before you turn laws into capabilities that may persecute your religion next....have a nice day
  • by Sarah Bernheim on Oct 12, 2012 at 11:59 AM
    The Us was not founded under God but religion. That religion was and always shall be monetary. The cross is for those who lie to themselves; they don't act on any convictions if it will cost them money. It being there is still not a problem; recognize what it is' a futile statement of pretend. If it bothers anyone, then they can put up a billboard with their statement of views
  • by Brian Location: Jackson,Mi on Oct 12, 2012 at 12:10 AM
    If you don't like it don't look at it. There are a lot of people that still believe what the cross stands for. This country was founded on religious reedom. If you don't like it no one is forcing you to stay.
  • by Mark Location: GL on Oct 11, 2012 at 10:15 AM
    Has anyone watched a session of congress. It starts with a prayer to GOD. Why the Americans for the Separation of Church and state felt the needed to take the fight to Frankenmouth Michigan is beyond me. If it was a giant cresent moon and star they wouldn't be saying a word. And we are supposed to be freedom from religious persecution. That is, unless you are christian.
  • by Frances Location: Brighton, MI on Oct 10, 2012 at 01:32 PM
    God bless America! Keep up the good work Frankenmuth!! :)
  • by Josh on Oct 9, 2012 at 11:43 AM
    I think if this thing goes any farther, the city should just sell the land to a church for $1 with the condition that the cross stays up.
  • by Mark Location: Location on Oct 8, 2012 at 01:18 PM
    To Anonymous: I agree 100%. These symbols where not given meaning by "higher powers", at least not the cross. Had Jesus been killed on a stone slab in front of a crowd there would be no cross. We find meaning and/or offense in objects because we give them those meanings. IT IS OUR CHOICE. Just like it is our choice to not waste time worrying about what symbol shows up where. Those who are saying we are forcing religion by having those symbols up are forcing their way of thinking on everybody else by saying we can't have it up. That's like the pot calling the kettle black. Stand firm Frankenmouth and GOD Bless.
  • by Paul on Oct 8, 2012 at 10:47 AM
    Americans look the other way as special interest groups take over this country. A simple solution is to transfer ownership-of park to Bronners, thus making it a private park. I myself am tired of these kooks running my country traditions..If they don't like it, leave or don't look. Sadly Judges rule for these special interests. Watch the supreme court if Obama is re-elected.. Another of his appointee to the supreme court will take away more of our freedoms.
  • by Anonymous Location: Location on Oct 8, 2012 at 10:09 AM
    @Mariah, Put up any symbol you want. You could have 100 foot hari krishna's standing there. Religious freedom is take it or leave it. Nothing states because it is visible you have to believe it. Put up your Buddah and Islamic Crescent, it doesn't matter. When our people are killed by other countries because we don't believe the way they do, that is a lack of religious freedom. Having a piece of metal, stone, paper mache on a lawn does not kill people. We are free to accept or not but don't sit on a high horse in DC and determine that we are "bad" because of a symbol. I don't believe in Santa Claus but I don't prevent my neighbor from decorating their house with it either. Tolerance is a virtue apparently dead.
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