Cross City Residents Angry at Ten Commandments Monument Verdict
"I just thought that was a good thing to do, a simple thing to do. I never in my wildest day thought it would come to anything like this."
That's what Joe Anderson had to say at the rally to save the ten commandments statue that he bought to sit in front of the Cross City Courthouse. But the ACLU brought suit against Dixie County, claiming someone was offended because it was overtly religious. And Anderson says the statue is, indeed, a plug for Christianity.
"The commotion it's caused over such simple godly things," he says, "it makes me feel like there's people in this country that's getting ashamed of the ten commandments, ashamed of God Almighty."
The County is being represented in the appeal by Liberty Counsel, a non profit law firm rooted in Christian values.
"So the people who live here, the people who know the monument," says Liberty Counsel's Harry Mihet, "the people who know the background story behind it, know that this monument is the artwork and belongs to one particular person."
Anderson says he's gotten only gratitude from the residents of Dixie County.
"If I look at things I don't like, I just look the other way, grit my teeth and go on. But I don't want to sue anybody or cause a commotion."
The person who filed the complaint with the ACLU was not a resident of Dixie County, but of North Carolina. And this county's citizens made it clear at the rally, they want outsiders to stay out, along with their views.
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