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A U.S. Supreme Court ruling Monday morning could determine the fate of a controversial memorial cross in Coos Bay's Mingus Park.
In the case of Greece, New York v. Galloway, et. al, the court ruled that Christian prayer at the beginning of public meetings did not violate the establishment clause of the Constitution and rejected the theory that legislative acts of prayer must be nonsectarian.
The Coos Bay City Council had cited the the then-pending case in delaying action regarding the Mingus Park Vietnam War Memorial Cross. The cross has been the subject of controversy since early 2013, when the Freedom From Religion Foundation sent the city a letter demanding the removal of the cross. The city also received a similar complaint from the American Civil Liberties Union.
Following the legal complaints, the city retained the Texas-based Liberty Institute to conduct a legal assessment of the cross. Coos Bay City Attorney Nathan McClintock responded to The World's public records request for the results of the assessment in writing, saying all except the institute's initial email to the city was exempt from disclosure under attorney-client privilege.