Ozark reconsiders removing Christian cross from holiday display

10 months 1 day 19 hours ago Tuesday, December 11 2018 Dec 11, 2018 Tuesday, December 11, 2018 5:17:00 PM CST December 11, 2018 in News
By: The Associated Press

OZARK, Mo. (AP) — The southwest Missouri city of Ozark that had said it was removing a Christian cross from its holiday display is reconsidering.

Ozark officials originally said Tuesday that the cross would come down after the city received a complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, which said the display violates the principle of separation of church and state.

Later in the day, Ozark officials announced they were reconsidering after comments from citizens caused them to believe it would be in the best interest of all parties to reconsider. For now, the cross in Finley River Park will stay while officials work through the "legalities of the situation." 

The Freedom From Religion Foundation, which is based in Madison, Wisconsin, said it filed the complaint after being contacted by an Ozark citizen.

Note: The original version of this story said Ozark was going to remove the cross; the story has since been updated to say that the city is reconsidering that decision.

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