07/29/11 – TheBlaze.com - A First Amendment battle is brewing in Livingston, New Jersey, after officials told a local resident to take down a cross he had placed on a tree in his front yard.
These events unfolded after neighbors complained and officials upheld a littering ordinance that prohibits citizens from posting anything on structures, including trees. The regulation is breached if posted items are “calculated to attract the attention of the public.”
Patrick Racaniello’s cross apparently violated this stipulation. One neighbor, Toni Tremarco, complained to the media, saying, “I live three houses up and I don’t like having the cross staring right at me.” Below, watch an WABC-TV report on this intriguing situation: