Tennessee Mayor Removes Part Of Cross

The combative mayor of Whiteville, Tenn., has come up with an interesting solution to the threat of a lawsuit over a cross on his town’s water tower.

In response to demands made by the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), Mayor James Bellar had one arm of the Christian symbol removed.

In a letter to an FFRF attorney, Bellar said “this brings to a close a sad chapter in the history of Whiteville that can best be described as terroristic, cowardly and shameful!” The fear and terror caused our older people here is shameful. So shame on your client and your firm!” according to an Oct. 26 article that appeared on WREG-TV’s website.

The cross was donated several years ago and cost the town $4,000 to alter.

The FFRF said a Whiteville resident complained about the cross and called Bellar’s letter “bizarre,” according to WREG-TV.

Bellar said he doubted the complaint actually came from a Whiteville resident because “we don’t have the people of that belief here and if we do they’re not going to raise that kind of ruckus for the rest of the town,” according to an Oct. 7 report by Fox News.