]Crosses can stay in Las Cruces[/FONT]
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - A federal appeals court on Friday rejected lawsuits that claimed city and school district officials violated the Constitution by using Christian crosses in city logos and buildings.
The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver affirmed a lower court ruling that had dismissed a lawsuit by Las Cruces residents Paul Weinbaum and Martin Boyd against the city government.
Justices also rejected another lawsuit by Weinbaum against Las Cruces Public Schools.
Las Cruces is Spanish for “The Crosses.” The city and school district routinely use logos that include three crosses.
The appellate court acknowledged that use of such symbols raises legitimate constitutional concerns but justices found the use of crosses “is not a religious statement,” and is based on the city’s unique name and history.
Wow! A Federal judge with common sense!