Cross restored to Christmas tree following residents’ protest

A cross has been put back on a Christmas tree in a US town square, after residents protested against its removal.

The cross was taken down from the tree in Knightstown, Indiana, after the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) took legal proceedings against the town council.

Residents, including many Christians, responded en masse and a compromise has now been reached.


Radical lobby group ACLU had launched a lawsuit on behalf of town resident Joseph Tompkins.

He claimed that he was “forced to come into direct and unwelcome contact” with the cross and this had caused him “irreparable harm”.

In protest against the removal of the cross, residents made wooden crosses and handed them out across Knightstown.


Even a relative of Joseph Tompkins disagreed with his stance and questioned his pursuit of legal action.

Mark Tompkins said: “There’s a church on every corner. Is he offended by all the crosses?”

Both sides came to an agreement earlier this week to place the cross back on the tree.

The Christian Law Association negotiated with ACLU on behalf of Christian residents in the town.

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