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City Forced To Remove Massive Lit Up Christmas Cross – Angry Locals Step In With Better Plan

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When Trump was campaigning to be president, he promised to make it OK to say Merry Christmas again. Many on the left are offending by the saying because it has the word “Christ” in it, which reminds us of why we have the holiday in the first place, the birth of baby Jesus, the savior of the world.

While we’ve made inroads against the perpetually offended PC persimmons, there will always be holdouts who want to ruin the season for everyone else. Take the case of a small city in Missouri that was contacted by a liberal group made up mostly of anti-Christian atheists who want all religious symbols removed from public grounds. The atheists told the city to take down a cross that had been put up as part of the annual Christmas celebration. When citizens heard what was happening, they took matters into their own hands.

The Springfield News-Leader reported:

“The city of Ozark said it is taking down a Christian cross decorating part of its Finley River Park holiday display, according to a Tuesday afternoon news release from city officials.

But not long after the 1:40 p.m. news release was sent to at least seven regional news outlets, Ozark Mayor Rick Gardner said it was too soon to make a decision.

“We don’t know what we’re going to do,” Gardner told the News-Leader at 4:15 p.m.

A couple of hours before, the mayor sent out a Facebook post on his campaign page noting that “the controversy about the lighted Cross in the park is not over.”

The mayor wrote, “The cross is NOT down and will be lighted tonight. We have heard your thoughts and agree with them. We are now assessing all our options for addressing this situation. Stay tuned.”

Gardner said he had received possibly “hundreds” of phone calls, texts and other messages from the Ozark community.

“Everybody wants it up,” Gardner said. “One lady is crying. This is part of Ozark. This is Christian County, for Pete’s sake.”

Gardner also noted, “This is a complicated constitutional issue. It’s sure not going to be solved by the peoples’ court.”

In their earlier news release announcing that the cross would come down, Ozark city officials said the choice — now walked back — was prompted by a letter of complaint sent by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a national advocacy group devoted to the constitutional separation of church and state.

Initially, city officials wrote, “It is the position of the City of Ozark that leaving a religious symbol on public property, in this case a cross, will result in a lawsuit that we will not win as the other communities throughout the U.S. and our own region have tried this and lost.”

But the mayor of Ozark said it was too soon to state such a position before he and the elected board of aldermen could have their say.

Gardner acknowledged that church-and-state legal battles are often a losing proposition for municipalities.

“The city can’t afford to buy two new police cars the police department wants,” he said, “so how can we afford to fight an expensive lawsuit?”

He added, “it’s clearly — the cross is clearly a Christian symbol. I don’t know if you’re a Christ-follower or not, but this really hacks me off.”

This is not the first controversy of its type in the Ozarks.

In 1999, a federal judge ordered the city of Republic to remove a Christian ichthus, or fish symbol, from the city’s flag. A lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union never went to trial.

No lawsuit has been filed in the current matter of the Finley River Park cross.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation, based in Madison, Wisconsin, provided the News-Leader with a copy of its two-page letter, along with two photographs of the cross at Finley River Park.

“We were contacted by a concerned city resident,” states the foundation’s letter, signed by Freedom From Religion Foundation Legal Director Rebecca Markert.

Before Ozark’s mayor made his statement indicating that the cross would stay aloft and alight, Ozark officials caved, noting in their first news release, “We must acknowledge the Federal Constitution and its interpretation by the U.S. Supreme Court.”

When asked why the city sent out a public statement that was quickly disavowed by its mayor, Gardner said he did not know.

The city’s public-information officer, Samantha Payne, sent a second news release at 4:40 p.m.

It read, “We released a press release earlier with the facts as they have been presented to us thus far. As the day unfolded and citizens commented on this topic, we have determined that in the best interest of all parties we shall continue working through the legalities of the situation. Therefore, the cross in the Finley River Park will remain in place until a further due diligence can be completed regarding this matter.”

As the left moves even further to the extreme left, we’ll probably see more of this in the future. Thank God there are patriots like those in the city of Ozark who stood up to the anti-Christian bullies. And we’re thankful that we have a president who is doing all he can to keep “Christ” in Christmas, despite the godless socialists attacking the very moral foundations of our nation.

Together, with President Trump, we will defeat those who want to remove the very reason for Christmas, Jesus, from the public square. Thank you to all patriots who fight for good!

 

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This story originally appeared on WeBuildTheWall.news & was edited & republished with permission:

Sounds like a humanitarian and a national security crisis to me and I’m not the only one who sees it that way. Yuma Mayor Douglas Nicholls just declared an emergency in his city due to what he said was the strain caused by the incoming flow of migrants. The agents and authorities are simply being overwhelmed and swarmed by these invaders.

1,800 came over the border in one day… one day! Half of those detained on Tuesday crossing over from Mexico were found in the El Paso, Texas area, according to officials. Border patrol said more than 980 were apprehended before 5 am after crossing in three large groups. Yuma is having just as rough a time of it.

Mayor Nicholls went public with this on Facebook. He explained that he “proclaimed a local emergency” in the city “due to the migrant family releases overwhelming the local shelter system.” And it’s not just the sheer numbers of illegal immigrants… it’s the economic burden, the crime, the drugs, the danger to children and disease that is playing into this massive emergency state.

Nicholls is begging the government to step in and do something here. I don’t blame him in the least. They need help and fast. “I am calling upon the federal government to alleviate the humanitarian crisis in Yuma, as our NGO’s are overcapacity and cannot sustain providing this aid,” the post said. Here’s a thought – ship all of them to sanctuary cities just as Trump proposed. Works for me. Better yet, don’t let them in at all unless they come here legally.

From Fox News:

“Nicholls, in a video, laid out his reasoning behind the declaration, saying that he ultimately feels that its what’s best for both Yuma and the incoming migrants.

“So it’s with a heavy heart that I declare that we’re at this point but it is something that I believe we need to do to make sure that our community is maintained and that the human rights of all the migrants are also maintained and that we have a path forward that respects both,” he said.

“The city of Yuma, Ariz., also tweeted about the proclamation, citing Nicholls, claiming that released migrants were coming into the area faster than they were leaving.

“The move by the local official comes after President Trump declared a national emergency at the nation’s southern border earlier this year.”

“The transportation network is just insufficient to keep up with demand,” Nicholls said. “And the backlog of people staying at the shelter has created this capacity issue.” The media and the left are playing it up that the poor illegal immigrants don’t have money for bus fare to go to relatives while they await their court date. But the issue here is that they should not be here in the first place.

Now, the city is hoping for a FEMA response. In signing the declaration, Nicholls said he hopes to draw national attention to the plight of local communities struggling with a federal issue, adding that he’s talking to officials in other border cities and calling on them to issue similar emergency declarations. The mayor stated that he had spoken to Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, who signaled his support for the declaration.

Today I proclaimed a local emergency in Yuma, due to the migrant family releases overwhelming the local shelter system. I am calling upon the federal government to alleviate the humanitarian crisis in Yuma, as our NGO’s are overcapacity and cannot sustain providing this aid. I signed the proclamation of emergency and soon after spoke with media at approximately 3:15 pm (MST). You can view via the video below:

Posted by Douglas Nicholls, Yuma Mayor on Tuesday, April 16, 2019

“We will review any declaration once we receive it,” according to a statement Tuesday night from Patrick Ptak, a Ducey spokesman. “Ultimately, this humanitarian crisis is the result of Congress’ failure to act. It will only be solved by Congress actually doing something, and the governor has vocally urged Congress to quit playing politics and take action. If only they would.

“In the wake of their inaction, our office is working with local governments, non-profits and our federal partners to maximize available resources and ensure proper coordination between ICE officials and groups providing temporary services to migrants.”

Nicholls fears hungry migrants roaming the streets. He should fear much worse than that. “This isn’t a natural disaster,” Nicholls said. “But it is a disaster.”

“… the local emergency exceeds control of the services, personnel, equipment and facilities of the City of Yuma and requires the combined efforts, cooperation, and resources of the Yuma community including local and non-profit agencies such as the Red Cross, Catholic Community Services, The Salvation Army, Yuma Community Food Bank, churches, the County of Yuma, the State of Arizona, and the United States of America,” the statement said.

It’s long past time for the wall to be built and We Build The Wall should start their project this month. Meanwhile, President Trump is still scratching and fighting for every mile of barrier put up. Put the blame of all this where it belongs… squarely on the left. #WeBuildTheWall

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