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Seek Ban on Display of Religious Symbols on Public Property in Chicago

Two Chicago alderman have introduced a resolution in the City Council to ban the use of religious symbols on public property. The resolution, sponsored by Leon M. Despres and Jack Sperling, was referred to the committee on economic and cultural development.

It asked the city to reaffirm “its full support of religion” but “not to give governmental support to any particular religion” under the First Amendment to the Constitution on the separation of church and state. The resolution referred to a recent ruling by the Oregon Supreme Court which banned the erection of a cross on public property.

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