Utah agencies request highway crosses be removed

Dec 14 2011 - 10:36am

SALT LAKE CITY -- Three state agencies have sent official written requests asking the Utah Highway Patrol Association to remove memorial highway crosses from public land.

The Deseret News reports (http://bit.ly/rL3aZy ) letters have come from Utah Department of Transportation chief John Njord and Utah Division of Facilities Construction and Management chief David G. Buxton.

In November, the association honored UHP Superintendent Daniel Fuhr's request that his agency's logo be removed from the crosses.

The 12-foot-high white crosses designed to honor troopers killed in the line of duty were the center of a 2005 lawsuit by American Atheists Inc. The group says the memorials suggest state endorsement of Christianity.

Last year, an appeals court agreed and ordered removal. The state appealed the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court, but justices declined to hear the case.

 

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