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County says cross on county seal is historical not religious

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 7, 2018 4:02 PM
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The seal of Lehigh County. (Courtesy: lehighcounty.org)


(Philadelphia) -- Lawyers for a Pennsylvania county say it should be allowed to keep a Latin cross on its official seal because it represents the county's history.

Lehigh County asked a federal appeals court panel during oral arguments Friday to reverse a federal judge's decision saying the county has to remove the cross from its seal because it's unconstitutional. The Freedom From Religion Foundation filed the original complaint about the county seal, saying the inclusion of the cross constitutes an endorsement of Christianity.

An attorney for the county says the cross is one of a dozen symbols on the seal and was meant to represent the county's original settlers who were fleeing religious persecution. An attorney for the foundation says a dozen other symbols could have been used to represent settlers.

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