Friday, November 09, 2012
Suit Charges Town With Forcing Property Owner To Display Church Sign
According to the Wilkes-Barre (PA) Citizens Voice and the Wilkes-Barre Times-Leader, a former member of the Shickshinny (PA) borough council filed suit in federal court Wednesday, alleging that the borough and various of its current and former council members are unconstitutionally forcing her to support a religion by placing a church sign in her yard without her consent. Francene Tearpock-Martini says that in 2008 council approved the request of a local church to place a sign reading "Bible Baptist Church Welcomes You" on her property, even though she told the church and council that she objected. At one point the sign fell down and the borough reinstalled it with poured concrete.