After a holiday season where atheist organizations across the country seemed to have a run of legal victories which successfully removed Christ from Christmas, their win streak came to an end this past January. The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a final appeal in a lawsuit challenging the use of state funds to renovate an 11-story cross atop southern Illinois’ tallest peak, ending the legal dispute spanning more than two years.
The nation’s high court declined without comment to review confessed atheist Robert Sherman’s request to hear his case. It involved a $20,000 grant given in 2008 for the 111-foot-high Bald Knob Cross of Peace near Alto Pass. The cross was built largely thanks to local farmers’ profits from selling pigs. It has been a fixture on the 1,025-foot-high Bald Knob Mountain, looking over forests and the region’s orchards and wine country. Easter services have been held on the mountain since 1937…and it looks like this Easter they will continue with the tradition.