Cross generates controversy in small West Texas town

Spur, a farming and ranching community about 70 miles east of Lubbock, is under fire this week from a Wisconsin-based group called the Freedom from Religion Foundation for a 12-foot cross that was placed in a public park.

The foundation’s staff attorney Sam Groves stated that the organization contacted Spur officials in July after a Spur resident had reached out to them to complain. Groves said that since the cross is on public land, it violates the Establishment Clause of the constitution’s First Amendment.

City officials declined to respond to the letter and many of the tiny town’s residents are not receptive of the idea of taking the cross down.

“I can look right up and see the cross and I know, God’s watching me. So I know I’m OK,” Spur resident Polly Daza told NewsWest9. “We feel secure with the cross here. It’s part of Spur, it’s part of us.”

The FFRF, which believes the cross should be taken down or moved to private land, also has ongoing similar lawsuits with Santa Clara, California, and Pensacola, Florida.