Threats From Radical Atheists Force Tennessee Town to Remove Cross From Water Tower

Whiteville, Tennessee is removing a cross from top of the town’s water tower due to threatened lawsuit. (WREG)

Radical atheists are threatening a Tennessee town to remove a cross from its water tower.
FOX News reported:

The mayor of Whiteville, Tenn. said his community is under attack from a national atheist organization that is threatening to sue unless they remove a cross atop the town’s water tower.

“They are terrorists as far as I’m concerned,” said Mayor James Bellar about the Freedom From Religion Foundation. “They are alleging that some Whiteville resident feels very, very intimidated by this cross.”

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The mayor told Fox News Radio that the cross was erected on the town’s water tower about eight years ago by a private group of citizens. They collected private donations to cover the costs.
It’s just a cross on the water tower,” he said. “All we’re doing is exercising our right to practice our beliefs down here but this organization is now going to stymie that. We’re not out here knocking on doors trying to convert people.”

But the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation said the cross is a violation of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. They’ve given the mayor until the end of October to remove the cross. If he refuses, they have threatened to sue.

“The law is very clear on this,” Freedom From Religion Foundation co-president Dan Barker told Fox News Radio. “A secular city may not promote or hinder religion. We don’t have a problem with believers putting up crosses wherever they want, but this is a cross put up by the city on the city water tower.”

Barker said they’ve been sending letters to the city since last year demanding that the cross be taken down, acting on behalf of an unnamed resident who complained.

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  • Mary

    Next, the ACLU will sue to have the “racist” name of the town changed. Good Heavens what has happened to our wonderful Country?

    Attended the Beck/Palin event last night in Saint Charles. Really nice to be with like-minded Conservatives. No “mobs”, no “riots”, no “problems”, just Republic lovin’ people.

    Congratulations to the STL Cardinals!

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  • pinandpuller

    When is Al Sharpton going to threaten to sue the town for being named White-Ville?

  • Walden

    The atheists are not forcing them to remove the cross.

    The First and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution are forcing them to remove the cross.

  • retire05

    And how far does that ONE disgruntled, atheist have to stretch their neck to be able to see the top of a water tower in a town of less than 4,000?

    Perhaps someone should inform the Freedom From Religion organization that the U.S. Consitution applies to the FEDERAL government only, and that states, a number of them, had official religions. Also, we can thank a SCOTUS justice Black for finding a penumbra that doesn’t even exist in the Constitution. Thomas Jefferson’s letter to the Danbury Baptists was not part of the Constitution and was not meant to suppress religion, only to assure the Baptists of the freedom of religion.

  • Peggy R

    Aw. Mary and pinandpuller beat me to it. Too obvious, eh?

    Go Cards!

  • KOW

    Every citizen in the city should put one up in their front yards by the curb. Make it for every cross they want to take down, a thousand will replace it. If that one person was so affraid of that one cross, now they will have to pass 100’s each day, when they may of seen the one on the tower once a week.

  • Rock

    Just another attempt to erase Christianity/Faith from the American conscious. For the Left the destruction of Religion, allows that any deviant believe is allowed without guilt, or restriction from others.

  • pinandpuller

    If I’m not mistaken Whiteville has a medium security private prison. They could cover it with crosses.

  • Walden

    The First Amendment has been incorporated to apply to the States.

  • retire05

    Waldon, wrong.

    The 1st and 4th Amendments only prohibit the establishment of an official state religion, much like Europeans nations (England, Italy, Spain) had. It does not prohibit the expression of religion in any fashion. That is why Justice Black used the Thomas Jefferson letter as his reasoning.

  • Walden

    #7 Private citizens are free to do as they please.


    #9 If the prison administrators are acting as agents of the government, then they are similarly forbidden from imposing religion on others.

  • retire05

    Walder, the First Amendment only applies to the states where it concerns the 18 enumerate powers granted to the federal government. The 10th Amendment protects the states (or is supposed to) from the over reach of a federal government that violates the powers granted it.

    The 10th Amendment was added to protect the rights of the states to deal with issues that were not the purview of the federal government.

  • Patty

    Water companies, Wow, won’t get into our problems today and yesterday, set that aside, but what a mess.

    On to this, separation of Church and State is something that has been used often by a small minority of Atheists and Liberal environmentalists. One, just one person looking for a cross, nativity scene, Ten Commandments, In God We Trust in a blink of the eye, tear it down.

    I drive by homes and see the Blessed Virgin Mary statues in our town. The flag flies high at another neighbors home in all its Glory. Nativity scenes during Christmas time and next to it is Our Flag in all its Glory.

    Well, sooner or later these Atheists will attack the individual at where they live.

    I say to Tennessee, Fly the Flag, on the top of tower. I would love to know what the Supreme Court would say. But I do believe they would say separation of Church and State would prohibited city to have a cross there.

  • Walden

    You don’t seem to understand how the this works. Start at Marbury v. Madison. The decisions of the US Supreme Court are part of the Constitution.

  • Patty

    In this instance, one minority group, muddies up the Waters for the Majority.

  • Walden

    The Fourteenth Amendment, being a later Amendment than the Tenth, has priority over the Tenth. That is what “Amendment” means.

  • Patty

    We who fight for our nation….God and Country are hurt by this. Truly, we are but even still, Separation of Church and State and these Atheists will win. We hate it but we cannot change it.

  • Sandy

    What kind of country are we if we have more understanding for radical Muslims than Christians?

    They same lunatics are attacking Mitt Romney for being a Mormon. Time for all decent Dems to look at their party and see what its become.

    A house divided cannot stand and I pray this hatred ceases before this leads to violence.

  • retire05

    Walden, “the decisions of the U S Supreme Court are part of the Constitution?” Where do you get that idea. The SCOTUS is designed to determine law based on its Constitutionality, not to create law.

    So, where is the part of the Constitution that talks about Roe, Kelo or any other law that has been placed on us that is not there? Be specific.