Ohio city logo removed over religious symbol fight
Group threatened legal action over cross
- Duration 4:32
- Date Jul 29, 2012
Group threatened legal action over cross
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While in Ohio city forced to change its city logo because it contained an image of a cross -- top a university.
The freedom from religion foundation says that religious images should stay out of government our next guest says the cross was included.
Because it its role in the community and not because of faith joining us is the vice president of the -- next.
At Franciscan university of -- built Michael -- and Michael good morning.
Good morning analysts argue that you choose -- -- -- saddest -- -- -- -- the image of a cross from its -- because this atheist group said that -- -- -- other people feel left out what's your response.
Well a Franciscan university is a passionately Catholic university.
And we're being targeted simply because our faith and really we have been contributors to our community for almost seventy years.
-- the top employers.
We were included because of our religion now because the city was trying to promote any faith in particular but recognizing us -- really one of the staples one of the pillars of our community.
I think it's.
An unbelievable that this group is trying to bully our city.
In fact what I heard some city officials say was that the cross is a very recognizable landmark.
In this city that it didn't so much represent.
An endorsement of faith.
But rather a visual.
Piece of the city's.
Identity yet on the flip side does this it is to have a point that if you're something other than Christian it might make you feel left out.
You know we we aren't in America we have our freedom of religion not a freedom from religion.
And really in in this day and age it's it's surprising to me that people can get think they have a constitutional right to not be offended at any thing.
Really weird we're saying.
If you don't allow people of faith to participate in our our public life.
And really -- see this is really an intolerance of religion and that's really what's at stake here I believe.
If with the -- to logos again I just want to have your comments your reaction because the new logo.
It's not as pretty as the old logo it's -- -- it looks quite different is this the end of it I mean is this one on the right there we're looking at.
Is that now the logo for the city of -- and they'll do they have any.
-- They they do in their right now exploring their options this is not over this this fight is not done.
And really that's so we really need to say is that we're not gonna take this anymore we have to draw a line in the sand and say these people these out of town at a touch groups.
Since -- to taking away something that's just part of our community.
We don't adding that but Michael they -- bully you to use your word because.
This is a lawsuit.
Not -- -- bill doesn't have the Meyer doesn't want to commit the money to fight this lawsuit so maybe it is over.
Well I did there exploring options to fight this right now I can't speak on behalf of the city -- I know they're exploring other options.
We've received overwhelming amounts of phone calls and emails saying.
Now this is not -- who's who -- they think they are -- did that then that this state motto for Ohio is with god all things are possible.
-- they are so many parts of our country be that recognize the right place of religion this is not stepping over the bounds this is very reasonable.
And and I really believe that we need to say in America enough is enough people of faith are free to enter until public life without having to intimidation.
Michael very quickly I do -- -- get your content and another story that is that Hercules industry is this is a a company that has won an injunction.
To stop the mandate of having to supply contraceptives to its employees they want against.
Obama -- this must give you some encouragement.
It is an amazing thing it's a great first victory but we had to take it even further Franciscan university along with.
The archdiocese -- -- new York and Washington DC and forty other entities have sued the federal.
And I believe this is a great first step forward this law really imposes upon people of faith whether -- in a private business like this company Colorado.
Or religious institutions.
They shouldn't have to pay for things that contradict their faith and deeply held religious beliefs so this is a great day that we can hopefully begin to appeal back.
It's really constricting.
Conscience are destroying mandate from the HHS department.
Micah Hartman your from Franciscan university Steven -- thanks so much for.
Thank you so much -- up --