Rev. Franklin Graham.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is suing a very small town in Indiana because a single Christian cross on top of a spruce tree in the town square apparently is causing "irreparable harm" to one resident who, when he drives by, "is forced to come into direct and unwelcome contact" with the cross, reads the lawsuit. This is absurd, said Reverend Franklin Graham, who added that it proves the "war on Christmas is still on" and that "the ACLU wants to remove God from everything."
"The war on Christmas is still on!" said Rev. Graham in a Dec. 12 post on Facebook. "Because of one person’s 'objection,' the ACLU is suing an Indiana town for having a lit cross atop their Christmas tree just as they have had for years."
The tree with the cross on top in the town square, Knightstown, Ind. (Screenshot: WTTV)
"The man said he is being forced to have 'unwelcome contact' with the cross and it has caused him irreparable harm. Give me a break," said Graham.
"We shouldn’t really be surprised by this," he said. "The Bible says Jesus Christ would be a 'stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense' to many. 'For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.' "(1 Cor. 1:18).
"I hope this town will stand strong and not let one man’s objection override their celebration of the true meaning of Christmas," said Pastor Graham.
"The ACLU wants to remove God from everything -- our constitution doesn’t require that," he said. "Jesus Christ came to Earth to pay the penalty of sin for mankind on the cross. That’s what CHRISTmas is all about!"
The cross sits atop a spruce tree in the town square of Knightstown, Ind., which has a population of about 2,200.
According to CBS News affiliate WTTV, the lawsuit claims the cross "is the preeminent symbol of Christianity, representing the crucifixion of Jesus," and therefore cannot be displayed on town property.
The offended resident is Joseph Tomkins who, reported WTTV, drives by the tree every day and "is forced to come into direct and unwelcome contact with the cross." This, according to the ACLU, has caused Tomkins, "irreprable harm," which reportedly can only be cured by removing the cross and paying Tomkins monetary damages, said WTTV.