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Letters: County seal and flag not the place for a cross

ISSUE | CHURCH AND STATE County seal not the place for a cross Contrary to a commentary's assertion that the boundary between state and church is ill defined, the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment clearly protects all Americans from the divisiveness of religion in government ("Seeking standards on religion," Aug. 28). Thomas Jefferson, the architect of our Constitution, famously conceptualized a wall that separates state and church.

ISSUE | CHURCH AND STATE

County seal not the place for a cross

Contrary to a commentary's assertion that the boundary between state and church is ill defined, the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment clearly protects all Americans from the divisiveness of religion in government ("Seeking standards on religion," Aug. 28). Thomas Jefferson, the architect of our Constitution, famously conceptualized a wall that separates state and church.

It's for good reason that the Freedom From Religion Foundation, with four local residents, filed suit last month to challenge the use of a Christian cross on the Lehigh County, Pa., seal and flag. The county's affiliation with the preeminent symbol of Christianity must end.

The U.S. Supreme Court has said many times that government - at any level - may not affiliate itself with religion. In another Pennsylvania case, the court struck down the display of a Christian nativity scene at the Allegheny County Courthouse in Pittsburgh.

Our case against Lehigh County is on firm constitutional ground.

|Annie Laurie Gaylor, copresident, Freedom From Religion Foundation, Madison, Wis., info@ffrf.org