Far Left ACLU Wants Historic Cross Covered During Graduation
The far left American Civil Liberties Union continues their assault on Christianity.
For generations, graduates of Neptune High School have walked down the aisle of the Great Auditorium in Ocean Grove, N.J., where the impressive 6,500-seat venue dominates the landscape of one of the area’s most historic beach towns. (FOX)
This time, the ACLU wants a Methodist community to cover a historic cross and signs during its graduation ceremonies. Apparently, a student was offended by the historic Christian displays.
FOX News reported:
A New Jersey high school with a 70-year tradition of hosting graduation ceremonies in a historic auditorium is standing firm against legal threats from the American Civil Liberties Union, which claims the event violates the separation of church and state because of the Christian-owned site’s religious displays.
For generations, graduates of Neptune High School have walked down the aisle of the Great Auditorium in Ocean Grove, where the impressive 6,500-seat venue dominates the landscape of one of the area’s most historic beach towns. Built in 1894, the auditorium is owned and operated by the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association, a Methodist group that owns not just the building, but all of the land beneath every home and structure in town.
The ACLU of New Jersey threatened legal action against the Neptune school district after an attendee at last year’s graduation ceremony took offense to the building’s religious symbols and Christian-based references — among them a 20-foot white cross above the auditorium’s entrance. The ACLU asked the school to remove or cover up the cross and three other religious signs, arguing their visibility during a public school event is a First Amendment violation.
School officials responded by agreeing to change the graduation program to remove the student-led invocation and two hymns — one titled “Onward Christian Soldiers” — to rid the ceremony of any religious references.
“The program was not of a religious nature — it was more tradition than anything else,” said Neptune Public Schools Superintendent David Mooij. “But we decided we would change the program and delete the things this individual found offensive.”
Removing or covering up the cross was another matter. The Camp Association said it could not cover the cross, said to have been a gift from movie director Woody Allen, who used the auditorium during shooting for the 1980 film “Stardust Memories.” Nor would they cover up the two illuminated indoor signs – “Holiest to the Lord” and “So Be Ye Holy” – which are said to be the oldest operating electric signs in America.
Ricochet has more on this historic auditorium.