Wilmore asked to remove cross from top of city water tower

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WILMORE, Ky. (WKYT) - Wilmore city leaders are being asked to remove a Christian cross from the city's water tower.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent an email to Mayor Harold Rainwater on Sept. 29. The foundation was notified of the cross because a member filed a complaint about it.

"A cross can't be on top of a city owned building, land, or water tower," said Senior Staff Attorney Rebecca Markert with the Freedom From Religion Foundation. “If it's a city owned object, it needs to be free from religion."

The water tower is on the Asbury University campus, a private Christian school. The cross was installed on the water tower by the school. Ownership of the water tower was transferred to the city.

Mayor Rainwater says the cross will not be removed, unless the city is forced to remove it by a federal order.

"The University is monitoring the situation closely, is consulting with city leadership and is supportive of their efforts and response to the situation," said Brad Johnson, Asbury University Director of Marketing and Communications.

Markert says the foundation is considering legal action against the city. There's no timetable for when anything will be filed.

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