An expert on religious freedom and first-amendment issues told the Jessamine Journal the cross on top of Wilmore’s water tower will “probably have to come down” if a lawsuit is brought against the city, as has been threatened by the Freedom from Religion Foundation.
“If this is a government property and this is an explicit religious symbol representing government endorsement, it’s probably not going to survive a court challenge, even if it’s been there a long time — even if it was there before the government owned it,” said Charles Haynes, vice president of the Newseum Institute and Religious Freedom Center and senior scholar at the First Amendment Center in Washington, D.C.
The tower and the city’s water and sewer infrastructure were built by Asbury University. When Asbury transferred ownership of the tower to the city nearly 45 years ago, Asbury stipulated that the cross remain.
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