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Michigan Appeals Court Affirms Grand Haven’s Right To Remove Cross

A Michigan appeals court has affirmed the city of Grand Haven’s right to remove a giant cross that once was displayed on city property.

Grand Haven Council in 2015 ended its policy of displaying the 48-foot-tall cross after Americans United filed a complaint objecting to displays of the cross for religious services and other occasions, as well as a display of a nativity scene in December.

AU Files Legal Briefs In Two Cases Dealing With Religious Symbols

Americans United recently filed two legal briefs in cases challenging the display of religious symbols on government property:

In a Dec. 17 brief, Americans Uni­ted told the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that a Pennsylvania woman and her minor child should be permitted to sue the New Kensington-Arnold School District over a Ten Commandments display at a local high school.

Defenders Of Mich. Cross Lose Lawsuit To Force Display Of Religious Symbol

For the second time in three months, a state court has tossed a case challenging the removal of a large cross from government-owned land in Michigan.

Thanks to intervention from Americans United, officials in Grand Haven, which overlooks Lake Michigan, decided to cease displaying a 48-foot tall, 24-foot wide cross on Dewey Hill. The city, which has a population of about 11,000, had displayed the cross in conjunction with summer religious festivals, Easter and Christmas. In December, the hill also played host to a large nativity scene.

The Cross’s Purpose: Government Must Focus On Secular, Not Sacred

Americans United has been working in the city of Grand Haven, Mich., to persuade municipal officials to stop displaying a large cross on a prominent hillside.

The cross, which is attached to a hydraulic lift, isn’t displayed year round, but it is put up on special occasions. This is done at the local government’s discretion, and it’s paid for with taxpayer funds.

Mich. Town Officials Vote To Stop Displaying Cross After AU Intervention

A Michigan city will stop displaying a large cross on a publicly owned hill in response to a complaint lodged by Americans United.

The decision was made during a Jan. 5 meeting of the Grand Haven City Council. The news website MLive.com reported that the council voted 3-2 to end its policy of sporadically displaying the cross, which was often attached to a hydraulic lift.

Americans United Asks For Equal Time In Flap Over Mich. City Cross Display

Americans United recently sent a letter to officials in Grand Haven, Mich., to protest a large cross displayed on publicly owned land that figures prominently in a worship series held every summer.

The cross, which is 48 feet tall and 24 feet wide, sits on Dewey Hill. It overlooks Lake Michigan just west of Grand Rapids, and it’s a bit different from most large, public crosses because it is attached to a hydraulic lift. As a result, it isn’t displayed around the clock but appears on special occasions.

Desiring Diversity: AU Asks Mich. City With Government-Owned Cross To Allow More Displays

When it comes to religion and government, the constitutional choice is all or nothing: either every viewpoint is welcome or none at all. Of course, including every perspective can get a little unwieldy – as officials in Grand Haven, Mich., may soon discover.