The town of Wilmore, Kentucky, seems like an odd place to have a showdown over religion. However, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is suing the small hamlet of just under 4,000 because it has a cross on the top of its water tower.
Now, the Rev. Franklin Graham is getting involved in the controversy, and the evangelist has received over 90,000 likes on Facebook for his bold stand for Christianity.
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This is the tower in question. It actually actually sits on the campus of Asbury University, a private Christian college. However, the tower itself was transferred back to the town by the school in 1976, according to Central Kentucky News.
In a letter to Wilmore Mayor Harold Rainwater, FFRF staff attorney Rebecca Markert wrote that “it is unlawful for Wilmore to display a patently religious symbol such as a Christian cross on public property.”
“The Wilmore cross, displayed on the city water tower, unabashedly creates the perception of government endorsement of Christianity,” Markert wrote. “It conveys the message to the nearly 30 percent of the U.S. population who are not Christians that they are not ‘favored members of the political community.'”
“The Freedom From Religion Foundation is at it again,” Graham began his Saturday missive.
“Reaching in from another state, they’re trying to intimidate the City of Wilmore, Kentucky, into taking down a cross that has stood on top of their water tower for years. But the mayor and townspeople are standing their ground.
“Mayor Harold Rainwater said, ‘There’s a groundswell of support to keep (the cross) and I’m certainly going to fight to keep it with everything I’ve got. I think it’s symbolic of our town,’ he said. ‘I 100-percent support keeping it there. We won’t take it down unless we’re forced to take it down.’
“Way to go Mayor Rainwater! These anti-God activists are trying to get their way against the will of the people. Let’s pray that they get nowhere!”
In addition to over 91,000 likes, the post also generated more than 26,000 shares and a groundswell of support.
“Glad that the town is standing firm on keeping the cross!” poster Betty Mullins Hedgespeth wrote. “Political correctness is destroying America! If they don’t like it they don’t have to look at it!”
“Good for this mayor and this town,” Hazel Bowden wrote. “God bless you all.”
While the FFRF may try to intimidate people across this great land, it’s worth pointing out that there are many who will stand up for the rights of the religious — especially Franklin Graham.
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