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A Florida couple banned placing a small cross on the lawn after "lawn decoration" was considered banned

Heaven helps them.

After the housing union considered it a banned "lawn ornament," a Florida couple lost years of fighting to place a miniature white cross on the lawn in the front yard.

Wayne and Bonnie Anderson of Tamarind Grove in The Villages were first ordered to remove the small symbol in 2019 after community officials received anonymous complaints, Villages News reported. ..

Wisconsin-based couples have been fighting bans for three years, claiming they violate their rights under Florida's Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

However, Judge Michel Morley recently favors local community development district 8 after the body claims that local rules explicitly ban "lawn ornaments." I made a decision.

Andersons, who received thousands of dollars in tickets for refusing to remove the cross, have been targeted for "selective execution" and exhibited other small lawns, including the cross. Claims to be. It remains undisturbed.

The couple pointed out a Florida law prohibiting "substantial" obstacles to the exercise of their religious beliefs.

However, some committees and judges have determined that the removal of the cross is not considered a "substantial" burden and that the ban on lawn decoration in the area is a clear rule. did.

Religiously condemned battles have become a matter of divisive community. Last year, a local church resolutely fainted 200 crosses and asked parishioners to put them in their yard.

Anderson called for a push to eradicate the "ridiculous" symbol in 2020. He said. "This is crazy."

The couple now have 30 days to challenge their latest ruling.

I couldn't immediately ask for comment on this incident.