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An atheist activist who brought legal action against a Texas church to stop the construction of a 230-foot cross on its property, has agreed to dismiss his case in a "settlement," after the church counter-sued the atheist.
Atheist Patrick Greene, who sued the Abundant Life Fellowship Church in Corpus Christi, Texas, and its Pastor, Rick Milby, over their plan to construct the tallest cross in the Western Hemisphere, dropped the case and pledged this week not to file baseless lawsuits over the freedom of exercise of religion, according to KRISTV.com.
"We hope that Mr. Greene along with atheists everywhere that seem to file baseless lawsuits will now think twice about doing such a thing," Jeremy Dys, senior counsel for First Liberty Institute, which filed the counter suit on behalf of the church, was quoted as saying.
"I think it's a day that we need to celebrate for religious freedom and freedom to speak and say what we think. And we should be able to do that," Vaughn was quoted as saying.
Greene, who is from San Antonio, admitted before the court that his lawsuit was "baseless," "vexatious" and "without merit," according to Chron.
"Today's outcome should send a clear message to anti-religious-freedom activists everywhere: if you abuse the legal system by suing people simply because you don't like how they exercise their religion, there will be legal consequences," the First Liberty counsel said.
....a 230-foot cross....
ut if it is their property and there are no building codes or ordinances have at it.
originally posted by: windword
Signage laws come to mind. I mean, what if it was any other business or club? Are 230 foot tall signs allowed for them too? Or is the city overlooking permit laws and codes, providing special consideration for Christianity?
originally posted by: Caver78
Agreed but there is also something to be said for visually imposing your religious freedom of speech on others.
Religious freedom is at stake here
Atheist can scream and bitch all they want and I recommend if they are so "up in arms" about religion then maybe they should move to a country that is more align to their beliefs. I hear China is nice this time of year. Can I help you pack?
Why I would even drive you to the airport.
"The cross bar on the cross will be 95 feet wide. It will be 12 feet in diameter. The cross is so massive and so tall it will have a two foot deflection at the top, it will actually sway in the wind two feet back and forth.
The cross is sitting on a foundation that's 38 feet octagon. It's three feet deep with steel and concrete, has 24 piers that go 48 feet into the ground. So if it were to blow over, it would pull up about three acres of land with it.
originally posted by: Benevolent Heretic
The mayor and other city officials attended the groundbreaking for the cross. I wonder how people would feel if the president of the US attended the unveiling of the Baphomet statue...
Anyway, not enough anti-atheist threads for one day, DeathSlayer? What is your quota, anyway?