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Constitutional group pushing to get cross removed from Salem city property

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SALEM, OR (KPTV) -

A group that fights for better separation of church and state is trying to get a cross removed from city property in Salem.

The four-foot tall cross is on the side of Kuebler Boulevard near Stroh Lane in the middle of a landscaped area made into the shape of a heart.

There is no name on the cross, but it’s part of a roadside memorial to honor a woman killed in a crash there 10 to 12 years ago.

Recently, someone alerted the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation, about the memorial. Local representative Cheryl Kolbe said the group believes the cross is unconstitutional because it stands on city property and governments are not allowed to promote or endorse one religion over another.

“If this accident happened last week, the week before or fairly recently, I think it’s appropriate to say sure, let this happen for a while,” Kolbe said. “But this situation has been going on for 12 years. This is a permanent memorial.”

Salem Mayor Chuck Bennett was not available for comment Friday, but a city spokesman tells FOX 12 they are looking into the issue.

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