Lawn cross becomes First Amendment flash point

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LIVINGSTON, N.J. (RNS) It started as a simple gesture. But it could have implications far beyond the quiet New Jersey street where Patrick Racaniello affixed a wooden cross on a tree in his front yard. Livingston Township officials say Racaniello’s display, which he intended as a celebration of Lent, violated an ordinance that generally prohibits […]

  • Thomas

    If I were this guy, I’d quickly also install a mirror-ball lawn ornament (one of those on a pedestal) in another part of the front yard, and see what comes of it (and offer one to a neighbor down the street). What’s to say those balls aren’t religious symbols for the ball-worshippers? It’s discriminatory, and it’s fun to point it out in court….