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California: Bay Area Christians battle city over cross removal

Christians in the San Francisco Bay Area community of Albany are engaged in a battle to restore a large cross that had stood overlooking the city for over half a century. On June 8, 2023, the city authorities removed the cross following prolonged legal disputes between the Albany City Council and the Albany Lions Club, a local community service group that had maintained the structure for many years. The city council argued that the cross should not be kept as a religious symbol on public property, and a judge granted possession of the cross to the city in a prejudgment order the previous year. However, members of the Christian community in Albany have expressed their discontent with this decision, as they consider the cross to be an integral part of their community’s identity and history. They believe that opposition to the cross was fueled by false claims, such as linking it to the Ku Klux Klan, and animosity from an atheist group that strongly opposes the presence of the Christian symbol.

Fox News reports:

Christians in a San Francisco Bay Area community are fighting to restore a large cross which had overlooked the city of Albany for over 50 years.

On June 8, 2023, the city took down the cross after years of legal battles between the city council and a local community service group, the Albany Lions Club, which had maintained the structure for decades. The Albany City Council argued the cross shouldn’t remain as a religious symbol on public property and a judge agreed, granting the city possession of the cross in a prejudgment order last year.

But Christians in the community told Fox News Digital the cross was a fixture of the community and people who didn’t like the Christian symbol had stirred opposition against it by spreading lies.

“There were lies actually brought up against the cross saying that it had affiliation with the KKK. And there’s an atheist group that really hates the cross. And so they got people on city council and spread the lies,” Albany native Dorena Osborn told Fox News Digital. “There are many people, older folks, that remember really good memories… So this is really a part of Albany’s heritage.”

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