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No lawsuit yet, but athiest group looking for attorney

October 11, 2012

WOONSOCKET — Though it has been silent on the issue since early summer, the Wisconsin atheist group that is demanding the removal of a Christian cross from the war monument at Place Jolicoeur hasn’t gone away.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation stopped short of promising a lawsuit over the cross, but it says it is in the process of seeking an attorney from the area to represent the organization.
More than one individual has contacted the national non-profit seeking to become a plaintiff in such a lawsuit, said Rebecca S. Markert, staff attorney for FFRF.
“Our position on Woonsocket, hasn’t changed,” Markert said in response to an e-mail query on the status of its complaint. “We’ve been contacted by individuals who are interested in serving as plaintiffs and we’re contacting local attorneys and assessing our next steps.”
At issue is the World War I monument in the parking lot of the Woonsocket Fire Department’s station on Cumberland Hill Road. The FFRF contends the prominent white cross positioned atop the monument is an example of government-sponsored religion, which is unconstitutional.

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