My latest column is up at AND Magazine!
Here is an excerpt:
One case caught my eye recently because it is happening in a tiny Kansas town not far from the similarly tiny Kansas town where I grew up. The group “Americans United for Separation of Church and State” has threatened to sue USD 381 in Spearville, Kansas, over a cross on the top of its elementary school building.
Now, it’s important to note that the town of Spearville did not build its school with a cross on top. The building was originally built as a Catholic school (Saint John’s) in 1925. Fifty years later, in 1975, the area diocese gave the school building to the local school district. The cross was an original part of the building, not something the school district added, so claiming that it is a government endorsement of religion is as patently ridiculous as it would be to claim that the name “SAINT JOHN,” which still graces the front facade right below the cross, does the same.
But to these religion-haters, the mere presence of a cross in any proximity to a public school is something that cannot be tolerated.
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