Atheist Group Forces New Mexico College to Remove Crosses Displayed on Campus
ICC Note: Following a letter of complaint written by the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), New Mexico Junior College has taken down several crosses that were displayed on campus. The FFRF suggested that the crosses, many of which were hung up in offices, serve as a violation of the US constitution’s Establishment Clause because they would be considered an endorsement of Christianity on government property. This is only one of many recent incidents in which public schools or other government institutions in the US have been forced to clear away religious symbols.
01/30/2018 United States (Christian Post) – A junior college in New Mexico has been forced by the nation’s largest atheist legal group to remove several Christian crosses that were previously displayed throughout the public school campus.
New Mexico Junior College in Hobbs has taken down a number of crosses that were either hung up or displayed in several areas throughout the campus after the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter to the college’s President Kelvin Sharp earlier this month.
The letter was written by FFRF legal fellow Christopher line and sent on Jan. 18.
“It is our understanding that New Mexico Junior College has numerous crosses on display. We understand that there is a cross in the main reception area of the Ben Alexander Student Center that sits on the counter and faces the public,” the letter reads. “We also understand that several offices, including the cashier’s office, contain crosses that are easily visible to anyone visiting or passing by these offices.”
Line argued in the letter that having crosses on display at a public college, or any government entity, is a violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
“The religious significance of the Latin cross is unambiguous and indisputable,” the letter contends. “A majority of federal courts have held displays of Latin crosses on public property to be an unconstitutional endorsement of religion.”