Knight­stown res­i­dents protest law­suit with more crosses

The Washington Times Daily - - NATION - — Jes­sica Chas­mar

Res­i­dents of Knight­stown, In­di­ana, are protest­ing the Amer­i­can Civil Lib­er­ties Union’s law­suit against the town’s Christ­mas dis­play by dis­play­ing hun­dreds of crosses in their yards, ve­hi­cles and store win­dows.

The ACLU re­cently sued Knight­stown on be­half of res­i­dent Joseph Tomp­kins, say­ing the cross on top of the town’s Christ­mas tree vi­o­lates his First Amend­ment rights.

The suit de­mands that the cross be re­moved and the town pay Mr. Tomp­kins dam­ages for be­ing “forced to come into di­rect and un­wel­come con­tact with the cross dis­play,” a Fox News af­fil­i­ate re­ported.

In re­sponse to the law­suit, hun­dreds of res­i­dents in the town of 2,100 peo­ple have put up crosses in their yards and win­dows.

Town of­fi­cials said they’re not ready to com­ment about how they plan to re­spond to the law­suit, Fox re­ported. In the mean­time, res­i­dents said they would con­tinue their friendly protest with hopes that Mr. Tomp­kins will

drop the claim.

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