County ap­peal­ing athe­ist win over cross on county seal

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EAS­TON | A Penn­syl­va­nia county is ap­peal­ing a fed­eral judge’s rul­ing that the im­age of a large Chris­tian cross on the county’s flag and seal is an un­con­sti­tu­tional en­dorse­ment of re­li­gion.

Le­high County Com­mis­sion­ers voted Wed­nes­day to ap­peal the rul­ing last month stem­ming from law­suit filed by the Free­dom From Re­li­gion Foun­da­tion and four lo­cal mem­bers. They ob­jected to the cross’s in­clu­sion on the flag and seal and sought its re­moval.

The judge who ruled wrote that he

doesn’t per­son­ally be­lieve the cross vi­o­lates the Con­sti­tu­tion, but said he was bound by a 1971 de­ci­sion to side with the Wis­con­sin-based athe­ist group.

The judge cited a county record show­ing the cross was added in 1944 to sig­nify that “Chris­tian­ity” and “God­fear­ing peo­ple” are the “foun­da­tion and back­bone” of the county.

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