1. Definitely not! As you say there is a way for any ‘offended’ citizen of Steubenville to take the matter to City Council. I imagine the Franciscan University brings a lot of business to the city – lots of students and faculty and visitors buying necessities everyday.

  2. Certainly not. However, we are a country more concerned with political correctness and bowing to the “squeaky wheel”. Freedom of speech is all well and good as long as the speech doesn’t disagree with anyone else. Extremely frustrating.

  3. Sue

    This FFR group is the same group that ran a full page ad in the NYTimes a few months back urging Catholic women to flee the Church. Some very angry people inside that organization, I fear. With some sort of axe to grind with the Catholic Church. With the current situation in Steubenville, I cannot figure out why one organization like FFR is allowed to call the shots. Where are the citizenry of Steubenville on this? And why let the tail wag the dog? If an institution like FUS has had a happy home in Steubenville all these years, I cannot understand why those employees are not fighting back on this. I’m not convinced we’ve heard the last of this situation. Can we meet you at Chik-Fil-A next Wednesday to carry on more discussion?! ;)

  4. Steve

    Our Lady of the Rosary came to Fatima and told us that the success or failure of the Church would take place in the context of devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The Council was the door shutting closed on Our Lady’s plea. Everything since then has been trickle down disaster.

  5. I’m a proud citizen of Steubenville, and a very proud supporter of FFR and the seperation of church and state. Extremely happy that my local government recognized they were in violation of the law and did the right thing.

    • Hi! Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Good to hear from a Steubenville resident on this matter.

      My understanding is that City Law Director Gary Repella cited the potential cost of contesting a possible legal challenge in recommending the logo change to the City Council, not a clear violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. I bet our readers would be interested to learn more about how this played out locally before the FFRF threatened litigation. For example, were any complaints registered with the City Council during the logo design and approval process?

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