Ellettsville Town Seal Under Scrutiny For Cross Symbol

The Freedom From Religion Foundation wants the town of Ellettsville to remove a cross from its official seal.

The Ellettsville town seal

Photo: Jashin Lin WTIU/WFIU

The Ellettsville town seal is under scrutiny for the depiction of a cross symbol.

The Ellettsville seal was created in 1985 to represent unity, knowledge, industry and religion and appears on city letterheads, fire and street department trucks as well any official documents.

But not everyone feels the cross is a good representation of the town’s religious beliefs. Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) Attorney Patrick Elliott says his organization intervened after a number of Ellettsville residences complained anonymously about the seal.

Elliott says a majority of citizens want the seal to remain. But he says freedom of religion protects non-Christians who don’t agree with the symbol.

“It isn’t something they can will as a majority,” says Elliott.

But Ellettsville Town Council clerk Sandra Hash says she thinks the seal is representative of the community.

“I think it is symbolic of the town of Ellettsville, and I would really like to see the town seal stay in place,” says Hash.

Although the FFRF contacted Ellettsville city council requesting the cross to be removed from the seal last fall, no final decisions have been made.

“As long as the town continues to use the seal it will remain to be a violation so it seems if they’re not willing to change it, they may have to be forced to change it,” says Elliott.

Ellettsville town council officials say they are unlikely to take action unless a lawsuit is filed.

  • Jessika

    It’s funny because they have religious symbols right next to “knowledge”. Choose one!

  • cobalt100

    It is very intimidating to anyone who doesn’t believe in ghosts. To keep that symbol of torture on the Seal is like giving the finger to non-believers. It’s got to go.

  • twinbeech2

    Even if only one person objected, the seal should go. The Constitution was written to protect the minority from the majority. I don’t live in the community but if I did I would strenuously object.

  • Yshua Tzin

    The religious are, and have been, at the forefront of research and develop in ALL fields and number among the most important scientist of all time.

  • freak of nature

    Amen brother… Art is the only place you can find an original. Science and the 95 % confident rule will never will reach 100 % certainty.

  • freak of nature

    to know can only be faith!

  • freak of nature

    Intimidation: instilling the fear; rather causing one to be frightened. If Cobalt100 is frightening by the cross then amen!!! you should be.

  • freak of nature

    always for one, however, the one should observe the truth.

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