VIDEO Federal appeals court overturns decision banning cross from county seal
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>>a federal appeals court says the cross stays on the lehigh county seal.
>>the cross has been at the center of a years long legal battle between the county and freedom from religion group and now the court has ruled in favor of the county w from his vocal now is at lehigh county government center with the details tonight about.
>>rob and wendy pushing religion are honoring the past asked that was the heart of this case.
Now the county says its relieved about this decision but the people who brought the suit say it's a dark day for a secular nation.
>>since 1944 the emblems representing industries of cement and agriculture can be seen on lehigh county seal.
And so too is this latin cross.
>>have you ever noticed a cross on the field, yes, i have.
But an atheist group did in the image crossed into the courtroom in 2017 acting on behalf of 4 local individuals, wisconsin based freedom from religion foundation one a federal lawsuit to ban a giant cross from the seal saying the seal displayed on the county letterhead and inside county buildings.
His an endorsement of the religion of christianity.
However, with the reversal co president annie laurie gaylor calls this a troubling time for those who believe in a secular state.
>>we haven't got constitution they knew.
In command bible.
You know only holding their breath.
That but assistant lehigh county solicitor thomas caffrey says the image is historical.
>>and was in place for 75 years before any complaint was made.
>>there's never been effort on the part of the county to advance this seal as a symbol of.
>>and those like downtown allentown employee kathleen kaczynski agree, and that the seal.
It's more a historical sign rather then a religious symbol that is part of the foundation and that's why it was put there in the first place.
>>and freedom from religion and they can appeal to have a hearing with the 3rd circuit again or they can petition the supreme court.
>>as of this morning they had not yet decided