Idaho man cries foul over religious symbols on city property

Idaho man cries foul over religious symbols on city property

Credit: KIFI, Local 8 News

A closeup of the water tower in Roberts, Idaho. Here, you can see one of the crosses in question.

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by Associated Press and KIFI Local News 8

KTVB.COM

Posted on April 29, 2013 at 8:54 AM

Roberts, Idaho

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ROBERTS, Idaho -- A southeastern Idaho man says the town of Roberts is violating the constitutional separation between church and state by displaying three lighted crosses on the water tower.

Roberts resident Joe Cohea tells KIFI-TV that the tower across the street from his home is city property and shouldn't contain any religious symbols or displays.

He says some of the town's 700 residents follow Native American religions, and there are Buddhists, Hindus, and one person who is Jewish.

But Roberts Mayor Robert "B.J." Berlin says the city is not getting in the way of anyone's religion and there's nothing wrong with displaying the crosses.

Cohea says he's contacted the American Civil Liberties Union and is scheduled to talk to the City Council next month.
 

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