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Category: Religious News
Village Crosses Controversy
JEMEZ SPRINGS, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico mayor has accused the federal government of censorship after officials ordered the village to keep artistic depictions of crosses off of two planned federally-funded bridges.
Jemez Springs Mayor Edmond Temple told KRQE-TV that officials recently told the village to do away with plans to place crosses on the bridges over fears that someone might complain the village was promoting religion on a federally-funded project.
Federal funding for the bridges includes money for artwork, so the village held a contest and chose a local artist's work. It features imagery from the Jemez Pueblo and the first Spanish mission built there, including a priest and six crosses.
Mayor Temple said federal officials warned him that using public money for overt religious images was an invitation for controversy.