Thursday, July 26, 2012

City of Steubenville removes Franciscan University's Christ the King chapel silhouette from city logo after threat of lawsuit by out-of-state atheists

Steubenville logo small
The logo as approved in Dec. 2011

July 25, 2012, By DAVE GOSSETT, The Herald-Star
STEUBENVILLE - City officials agreed Tuesday night to change the city logo after a Madison, Wis., organization threatened legal action.
Law Director S. Gary Repella announced the decision following a 15-minute closed-door meeting with City Council members.
"We will be approaching Mark Nelson of Nelson Fine Art and Gifts and asking him to redesign the city logo to remove the cross and silhouette of the Christ the King Chapel on the Franciscan University of Steubenville campus.," said Repella.
"We were contacted in May by the Freedom from Religion Foundation Inc. in Madison, Wis., who said one of our citizens had complained about the city logo. During the past several months the foundation sent me their research and past case law regarding religious symbols. I researched current case law and found a lot of case laws that do not allow religious symbols in government symbols," continued Repella.
We have discussed the issue with City Council and we will ask Mark Nelson to design a silhouette of another building such as the library or a dormitory for the city logo. The council realizes the potential cost to our city taxpayers may be very expensive to try to win the case," added Repella.

1 comment:

  1. Have mercy on us my Lord and God. Your children are going astray. Help us for we are so very weak and you alone are our strength.