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Bitter battle in Rhode Island over the separation of church and state.
One atheist group is calling this -- to -- about to see behind me there is a World War I memorial and they call it unconstitutional.
They want it moved.
But some people and the community of Woonsocket disagree.
I don't -- it came to into the Booth.
Atheist group I don't know why McCain -- to them they seem to be preying on the weak.
Communities that can't defend themselves -- they don't have the funds to do it and that tells me what kind of people these people are.
So should the town be allowed to keep the cross radio host John DiPietro is organized.
To keep across he joins us now from Providence hi John.
Good morning Alison this crosses been there for nine -- one years has it ever caused controversy before.
Never Alison you know when it was dedicated in 1921.
He was re dedicated in 1952 to honor the service of those that fought.
In the Second World War this is outrageous that the -- is group these the type of people -- -- they're upset that Saint Patrick's Day is celebrated.
This is a war memorial no one is forcing anyone to go in.
Pray in front of it at honors those that.
Served our country some who lost their lives it's a war memorial it's been there since 1921.
And we're gonna fight to keep it there.
As we just heard one of the residents say it's how to -- socket is facing bankruptcy.
They have a lot of money woes today have the money to be -- to fight this fight.
Well that's the thing Allison.
I believe that an organization like this they are apple leases that the bishop of Providence set on my radio program and W Piero -- police -- target.
Cash strapped cities.
Feeling they can intimidate them instead of fighting it to -- -- even go a long.
Number of people have stepped forward we're gonna try to create an effort to make sure that the city.
Has the proper resources to fight this analysis make no mistake about it if they win this battle what's next is this being crosses at Arlington.
Does this mean how -- the -- cemetery at that overlooks Omaha Beach.
In those that lost their lives at Normandy this is old war memorial we gonna fight to keep it that way.
By the way they also don't like that the -- believe the fire department.
Has a web sites that perhaps he uses some cross imagery let me read you a statement.
From the atheist group they -- the web -- impermissibly demonstrates a reference a preference sorry for religion over not religion.
The Latin cross at the fire station demonstrates one sockets preference for christianity.
Over other religions is this first the -- mint to issue.
It is not -- it's it's two separate issues.
I mean our firefighters as you know I mean it radiates some of them they're about to come on the program right now -- on fox.
They -- they don't discern who they have to go -- -- but it's two separate issues to try to say that a war memorial that happens to be across.
Is somehow up -- people that's what this atheist group is saying that someone has to go -- -- and they're offended instead they should.
Feel that -- solid ground.
This is a total insult to all veterans.
We have bishop Tobin is gonna stand with the general -- -- Akio we're gonna fight to keep this war memorial where a long.
It's exactly should let you'll know you're gonna have a community rallied.
Wednesday may second 4:30 PM at the cross in Woonsocket John DiPietro please let us know what happens -- -- -- -- we appreciate it good to be with you -- -- well up next it's.
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