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LANCASTER, OH (WCMH) — A pastor’s appeal for an Ohio vote on removing a traditional cross was denied by a federal judge Saturday night.
Kirk Jones of Hamilton Church in Lancaster rejected that appeal on the grounds that the federal judge’s ruling in the case did not provide sufficient authority to remove the cross from a courthouse in the county.
The judge wrote in his opinion that it would be unfair to the congregation to remove the cross from a courthouse if, by doing so, it would be violating the Establishment Clause.
“Although the Establishment Clause is of central importance to라이브카지노 most people’s beliefs, it is equally important to observe what our law requires to determine a right-to-know or what the law prohibits,” the judge wrote.
Jones filed the lawsuit that got him into this situation about two years ago, and it was argued before the judge, which was overturned in November.
Jones argued the cross had to be removed because “it is likely to obstruct people entering or leaving a public place.”
If the church is removed from the courthouse, that would violate the Establishment Clause’s free speech clause because it could have an effect on the church’s ability to continue meeting. But by removing the cross, Jones said, the church was violating the free speech clause because there is no provision in Ohio state statute governing what is permitted to be on public property.
The judge also pointed out Jones has a strong conservative Christian foundation, which could give him a reason to believe the removal of the cross would violate his values as a conservative Christian.
The judge did accept that the cross was removed from a building, but did not provide any further authority to remove the cross from a courthouse.
The ruling was the first time a federal judge has ruled in favor of Jones’ appeal. His case is still pending in federal court in Dayton.